Dumbarton Constituency MSP Jackie Baillie has called for NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde to ensure that patients from the Vale of Leven catchment area are consulted on the implementation of Trauma Networks.
NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde is beginning to consult on the plans to implement a Trauma Network which comes as part of the national policy to improve patient care.
The Trauma Network for NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde will see one Major Trauma Centre implemented at the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital (QEUH) – or the Royal Hospital for Children for paediatrics – which will be supported by Trauma Units at Glasgow Royal Infirmary and the Royal Alexandra Hospital (RAH).
The implementation of the Trauma Network will see changes for the patients with the most serious injuries who, instead of being admitted to the RAH will now be admitted directly to the QEUH.
Following the approval of the trauma plan, NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde will now begin engaging with the public and consulting them on their plans. Jackie has called for the health board to ensure that patient representatives include those from the Vale of Leven catchment area.
“It is crucially important that patients from the Vale of Leven catchment area are consulted on any changes to the way their health services are delivered.
“Patients in my constituency were left out of the consultation on the proposal to change Breast Services at the Vale of Leven hospital. Those proposals would have had a serious impact on access to services for women and were devised without their views being heard at all.
“I hope that the health board will take seriously the need for a geographical spread of patient voices when they consult on their plans for a Trauma Network.”