Stobhill closing doors on casualty unit despite years of campaigning

Stobhill Hospital 20.10.10 Picture by Jamie Forbes
Stobhill Hospital 20.10.10 Picture by Jamie Forbes

THE axe will finally fall on Stobhill Hospital’s casualty department next week.

The final patients will be treated on Friday, March 18, with the department closing down at 5pm.

After that, patients requiring emergency treatment for a serious injury or illness should go to the A&E department at Glasgow Royal Infirmary.

Minor injuries, such as sprains, broken bones and small wounds requiring stitches, can be treated at Stobhill’s Minor Injuries Unit every day, between 9am-9pm.

Children aged between 1-5 should be taken to the nearest emergency department or Yorkhill Hospital.

However, NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde have said that all children under the age of one should always be taken to Yorkhill.

The Herald has been at the forefront of the campaign to save the casualty unit throughout the last decade, however, the controversial closure could not be stopped.

A health board spokesperson said: “The vast majority of patients will not be affected by these changes.

“All out-patient services will continue to be provided locally, including pre-operative assessment and post-operative follow-up care.

“Many thousands of operations will also continue to be provided locally in the purpose-built day surgery unit at the New Stobhill Hospital.”

See this week’s Herald for the full story and more pictures.