Date is set for final move to new Stobhill
March 2011 will see next phase of health strategy
HEALTH bosses have named the date for the final move of inpatient and casualty services from Stobhill Hospital.
Robert Calderwood , chief executive of NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde, has confirmed the shift to the £100million New Stob hill Hospital will take place in March 2011.
Day cases, surgical and outpatient services have already moved to the new site, which opened in May this year.
The shake-up is part of the health board’s Acute Services Strategy, which was approved in 2002.
Moves include the end of inpatient and casualty services at Stobhill, which have been replaced by New Stobhill’s Minor Injuries Unit.
In addition, A&E services are to be provided at Glasgow Royal Infirmary and South Glasgow Hospital.
Ultimately, all adult inpatient services in the city will be provided from GRI, the new South Glasgow Hospital and at Gartnavel General Hospital.
More than £22m is being spent to create extra capacity at GRI to cope with the inpatient services from Stobhill, including the Cardiac Unit.
This will mean 200 extra beds being intro- duced at the GRI.
Mr Calderwood said: “If a patient arrives at the GRI in a critical condition, they will be received by a hospital fully staffed by consultants and a range of specialist teams.
“We believe the standard of care that can be provided to people with major trauma within the first hour will lead to improved survival rates.”
New Stobhill and New Victoria will specialise in delivery of services linked to minor injuries, outpatient and day-case appointments and day surgery.
Mr Calderwood added: “We made a firm commitment not to close the casualty and other services at Stobhill until the expansion at the GRI was completed.
“Construction will start early in 2010 and work is to be completed by January 2011, with a couple of months in hand to deal with any slippage.
“It is important to note the expertise and ethos of the teams transferring out of Stobhill will not be lost.
“Local people will continue to access their regular outpatient care and day surgery from those same teams at New Stobhill.”
Work is also under way on a 60-bed annexe, including 12 short-stay beds, at the New Stobhill Hospital for patients’ rehabilitation.
And from March 2011 heart attack patients will go to the GRI and will be able to bypass A&E to be admitted directly on to the cardiac ward.