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Western Infirmary & Yorkhill transfer and closures update

By on May 22, 2015

With just over a week until the closure of the Western Infirmary accident and emergency department (A&E), the transfer of health services to the £842million South Glasgow hospitals (South Glasgow University Hospital and the Royal Hospital for Sick Children) is well underway.

With in- and out-patient services already following a phased transfer programme, this is a summary of the information concerning A&E and minor injuries unit (MIU) services for people living in the west and north-west of the city:

The Western Infirmary A&E closes on Saturday, May 30. From then on people living in postcodes G3, G4, G11, G12 and G13 go to the South Glasgow hospital A&E but those living in G20 are directed to the Royal Infirmary A&E.

The Outpatient Department, GP out of hours, West Glasgow Maternity Unit and a new West Glasgow Minor Injuries Unit will remain at the Western until they are transferred to the Yorkhill site in October.

The MIU at the Western Infirmary will be for postcodes G3, G4, G11, G12 and G13 but those living in G20 should attend the Royal Infirmary minor injuries unit.

Yorkhill Royal Hospital for Sick Children A&E closes on Wednesday, June 10. All 15 and under A&E patients from any Glasgow postcode would then go to South Glasgow’s Royal Hospital For Sick Children.

Postcode-determined information on the NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde website do show some geographic anomalies. And we’ve questioned why some G20 residents, just a few minutes walk from the Western, are directed to the Royal for minor injuries – and many other people in Maryhill and Summerston would also have to do this when they may be nearer Stobhill?

An NHSGGC spokesperson told westendreport: “As part of the modelling for the new hospital we looked at which hospital patients would attend in different postcode areas. A number of factors were considered including attendees to A&E and it was agreed that patients with serious injuries and major emergencies who live in the Summerston or Maryhill areas, who previously attended the Western Infirmary, should attend A&E at Glasgow Royal Infirmary.

“Patients from Summerston or Maryhill with minor injuries such as cuts, broken bones, sprains and minor burns can still be treated at the Western at a newly established West Glasgow Minor Injuries Unit which will operate on the site until October 2015 when it will then transfer to the Yorkhill site. However, if the Minor Injuries Unit at Stobhill is more convenient there is no reason why they should not go there.

And there will be more transfers to come, when outpatient, MIU and other services move from their temporary site at Yorkhill to Gartnavel next year.

Amid the reorganisation and red tape, of course, the fact is this a significant step for people living in this part of the city. Yorkhill and the Western Infirmary have been at the heart of our community for 101 and 141 years respectively – even for such a city of change, this is going to be a powerful and emotional evolution.

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