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Review of paediatric inpatient, day case and short stay medical assessment services at Royal Alexandra Hospital

Update 19th January 2018 - Decision by the Cabinet Secretary for Health, Sport and Wellbeing to approve the transfer of inpatient paediatric services from the Royal Alexandra Hospital to the Royal Hospital for Children. Read our statement.


The Board of NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde met on Tuesday 21 February 2017 to consider the outcome of the consultation on the proposed changes to paediatric services at the Royal Alexandra Hospital (RAH).

The Board carefully considered the issues raised during the consultation including:

  • concerns around emergency care
  • access for families
  • the strong support from parents for the current ward 15 service.


The Board also heard from clinical staff advice on the clinical benefits of improving the acute and specialist services offered to children in the Clyde area including:

  • better medical cover
  • immediate access to a full range of paediatric treatment and care facilities with the most up to date children's specialist equipment
  • the full range of paediatric specialists in the Royal Hospital for Children.

Board members acknowledged the regard in which the ward 15 service was held and how positively that reflected on the staff who work there.  

The Board also noted that the majority of care provided to children will continue to be provided in the Royal Alexandra Hospital. Outpatient services, the specialist Community Paediatric service (PANDA), and emergency care for those who self-refer will all remain at the RAH.
After detailed discussion the Board members voted in favour of the proposal to transfer Ward 15 services from the Royal Alexandra Hospital in Paisley to the new Royal Hospital for Children in Govan. The Board paper can be accessed here.

What happens next
The Board will now make a submission to the Cabinet Secretary for Health, Wellbeing and Sport to seek her approval to the proposed changes.