Patients, families and interested groups are being encouraged to take part in the engagement process shaping the future of paediatric services at the Royal Alexandra Hospital (RAH).
The proposal to move the Paediatric Inpatient Services from Ward 15 at the RAH to the Royal Hospital for Sick Children was originally made in 2012. Extensive engagement was held with patients, parents, families and health care professionals.
That engagement showed that the preferred option was to transfer the inpatient service to the new Royal Hospital for Children (RHC) when it opened.
The board is now proposing to proceed with this preferred option which would see paediatric emergency, elective inpatient and day case care transferring from the RAH to the RHC.
Outpatient services, the specialist Community Paediatric service (PANDA), and emergency care for those who self-refer would all remain at the RAH.
Members of the engagement team this week met a group made up of parents, carers, parents and carers representatives, as well as community groups including Kids Need Our Ward (KNOW), to learn their views on how we can effectively engage with patients, carers and the public on the board’s proposal.
Jennifer Rodgers, Chief Nurse, Paediatrics and Neonates, NHSGGC, said: “The engagement process is now open and I would encourage patients, carers and the public to share their views on what the board is proposing.
“Information on the proposal and ways in which people can engage with us can be viewed at www.nhsggc.org.uk/inform-engage-consult/Clydepaediatric or people can send us their views by emailing Public.Involvement@ggc.scot.nhs.uk.”
At the end of this period of engagement the board will make a decision on whether to move to a period of full public consultation.