Canniesburn News

Message from the Medical Director

There are many who fear the changes that we have seen in the newly formed North Side Trust and in the Acute Services Review, and other changes within the National Health Service. Many of these changes however, offer plastic surgery opportunities for further development.

The plastic surgery service, which covers the whole of the West of Scotland, is a model of how managed clinical networks can be successfully organised. We have developed very sophisticated referral patterns and treatment protocols for our activities in neighbouring Health Boards and further development of these services will improve the service that we can provide to patients near their homes.

As Medical Director of the Glasgow Royal Infirmary University NHS Trust, I have been exposed to a wide variety of issues concerning healthcare in Glasgow and the West of Scotland. There are major questions surrounding reconfiguration of services and some patterns of care are becoming apparent. The Plastic Surgery Unit will move from Canniesburn to the Glasgow Royal Infirmary, which will become a major emergency and trauma centre for the north side of the city.

Oral and maxillofacial surgery in-patients will move to the Southern General Hospital and again trauma services will be concentrated on the south side within the Southern General Hospital. We will be sorry to lose the close inpatient links, being classed as a Plastics & Oral Maxillofacial Surgery Unit but the outpatients clinics and much of the outpatient consultation and joint collaboration will continue in the future. We wish Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery the best of success in moving its in-patient facility to the Southern General.

The Plastic Surgery service will move to the Royal Infirmary and in my role as Medical Director of Glasgow Royal Infirmary University NHS Trust, I have had the opportunity over the past few months to familiarise myself with the workings of this major institution. This, I hope, will set us in good stead for our move and integration into the new facilities.

I have had to spend considerable amounts of time in administration within the Royal Infirmary and I am very conscious of the great efforts made by all my colleagues.

Closure of Canniesburn Hospital

The Plastic Surgery Unit will move to Glasgow Royal Infirmary to a new build that has been designed and will be constructed by Laings. The plans for this build are nearing completion and there will be a series of Open Meetings in January so that all members of staff can see the proposed new build. The new build incorporates a new Emergency Receiving Centre as well as the Plastic Surgery Unit comprising an Outpatients Department, Burns Unit, Theatre Suite and in-patient facilities of 80 beds. The plans for Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery are less well developed but the decision has finally been made that in-patient facilities for Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery will transfer to the Southern General Hospital.

You will be aware that the Young Physically Disabled Unit has closed and been transferred and that we are currently in the process of transferring much of Care of the Elderly. 30 beds are to close by the end of January in Care of the Elderly with the remaining 60 beds closing next year. The date for closure of Care of the Elderly has not yet been decided by the Health Board.

The plan therefore is for the total closure of the Canniesburn site at approximately Easter of the year 2001 when plastic surgery will move into its new facility in Glasgow Royal Infirmary. The new facility has increased theatre capacity and the same number of beds that we currently have available to us and therefore there is no plan to reduce the service currently offered. Our new facility however does offer us the advantage of having both our Burns and Trauma facilities and our elective surgery on the one site and therefore brings the whole of plastic surgery together within a major teaching hospital.

David S Soutar ChM FRCS

Canniesburn Receives Bronze Award

Due to the hard work put in by staff at Canniesburn Hospital, in particular Rosemary Kelly and Fiona Dawson, we have successfully been awarded a Bronze Award by Scotland's Health at Work Scheme. This represents the commitment of the staff at Canniesburn to lead a healthier lifestyle.

Canniesburn Research Trust

The Canniesburn Hospital Research Trust is a registered charity whose aim is to develop all aspects of plastic surgery.

The Canniesburn Research Trust currently promotes several aspects of research within plastic surgery, both within medical and paramedical staff. We are keen to hear of any research projects that members of staff may wish to be involved in or who require funding to part fund their project. We are also interested in any help and ideas staff may have, or means of raising money.


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