New hospital’s A & E figures ‘improving’

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The new South Glasgow Hospital, which has been criticised for its early performance, is improving, says NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde.

Chief executive Robert Calderwood updated health board members at its most recent meeting and praised staff for their hard work and patients for their patience during the bedding-in period.

Board members heard that since Monday, June 15, the hospital has achieved an average of 89.6 per cent performance against the national A&E target.

The board was also told that while there have been challenges at the ‘front door’, elsewhere the hospital is already making a significant contribution to NHSGGC’s performance in meeting key waiting times guarantees for outpatients and planned operations. Many thousands of planned patients have already been seen and treated at the hospital within national waiting time guarantees.

Other key highlights include: all patients are being seen within the national waiting time target of four weeks for all diagnostic tests, the renal service carried out 10 kidney transplants in the first three weeks of transfer to the new hospital – enabled thanks to an increase in capacity and two patients received bone marrow transplants within the first week of the service transferring to the new hospital.

Noting there was still some way to go, Mr Calderwood said: “There is no doubt that change on this scale – the biggest hospital migration ever undertaken in the UK – has been a significant challenge to our unscheduled care performance.

“However, our teams have been responding quickly and effectively to these challenges and the tireless efforts of managers and clinicians are now bearing fruit in the form of an improving A&E performance.

“I am very grateful to all staff involved for their dedicated work and commitment.”