All change for NHS services

Western Infirmary
Western Infirmary

Healthcare provision for residents in Milngavie and Bearsden after the closure of the Western has been outlined by NHS Glasgow.

The £840m new south Glasgow hospitals – South Glasgow University Hospital and the Royal Hospital for Sick Children – are located on the former Southern General Hospital campus in Govan.

Any patient from Milngavie and Bearsden coming for a planned operation, procedure, test or outpatient appointment will receive a letter telling them exactly where their appointment will be.

From Saturday, May 30, Milngavie and Bearsden adult A and E patients will be served by the new South Glasgow University Hospital.

An NHS spokesman said: ‘‘It is important that you only use an A and E dept for serious injuries and major emergencies. For everything else there are local hospital based Minor Injury Units, GP services (including out of hours via NHS24) and your local pharmacy. If you think it is an emergency phone 999.’’

The adult minor injury units for Milngavie and Bearsden will be at the New Stobhill Hospital and at the West Glasgow MIU on the existing Western Infirmary site.

The A and E department of the new Royal Hospital for Sick Children will open at 8am on Wednesday, June 10, and will see children up to their 16th birthday.

The spokesman added: ‘‘If your child is seriously injured or becomes so unwell that you think it is an emergency you should dial 999.’’

For Milngavie and Bearsden children with minor injuries they should attend the New Stobhill Hospital and West Glasgow MIU located at the Western Infirmary site. They can also attend either the new Royal Hospital for Sick Children A&E in Govan or Glasgow Royal Infirmary A and E (both also have a dedicated area to treat minor injuries).

Services from the Western Infirmary will begin transferring to the new hospital on April 24 on a phased basis. A&E at the Western Infirmary shuts at 8am on May 30. Outpatients, GP Out of Hours; the West Glasgow Maternity Unit and a new West Glasgow Minor Injuries Unit will operate from this site until they are transferred to the Yorkhill site in October 2015