"Closure of CIC 7 bed ward Gartnavel"

About: Gartnavel General Hospital

(as the patient),

I am writing to protest against the closure of the 7 bed Homeopathic Ward. I attended the NHS CCG board meeting and stood outside protesting. I am not happy and want to further contact as many people as possible to try and get this decision changed.

I suffer quite a number of chronic health conditions which are very disabling for me, these include Fibromyalgia, M. E, Diabetes, Dysautonomic Syndrome, Asthma, Hypothyroidism, Folic Acid Deficiency, Iron deficiency, Pernicious Anaemia, Tachycardia, Chronic Back problems, Chronic Migraines, IBS, Tempero mandibular Joint Dysfunction Syndrome, Carpal Tunnel, Vitamin D Deficiency, Post Traumatic Stress, Depression

I require taking 52 tablets every day in Dosettes

The past 10 years have been very difficult for me and about 6 years ago I was having to consider retiring from work through my Consultants Concerns for my ill health but I got referred to the CIC and the treatment and care I have received is 1st class and they have actually improved my quality of life that I have never had in many years. I don’t agree  about us being able to be treated at another hospital, this is not the case as our health needs are very complex as is my health needs, and are maintained within the CIC inpatient ward as the treatments are structured to my needs and the different therapies I receive during the inpatient stay. Some of the treatments I receive are heat therapy, acupuncture, jets in bath for muscles, classes in different therapies and its only within this ward the only 7 bed ward in the UK to treat and care for patients who with multiple disabilities and chronic ill health like myself and with the structure of the week marked out for us and these include suitable rest periods in between as many of us require this to function. This has totally changed my life and the ongoing care is very valuable and as I say I am currently in work in a GP practice and this has kept my sanity as being at home so ill is soul destroying but I am lucky to be where I am due to the care I receive, why would you take away something the health board should be proud of with the patients being so well looked after and the staff are amazing and vital for us. We are treated as a whole person with the holistic approaches and helped to cope and learn to live better with our health problems and this is life changing for me and my fellow inpatients.

I am also angry at the comments on the news that say the cuts are for better clinical care. I feel you are taking away our clinical care with closing the ward, and also not happy that we as patients at the CIC were less important than the other causes, our health and needs are just as important than any other patient within the NHS CCG and should not be treated any differently. Please save our ward as the treatments won’t be met by other hospitals.

Please help me fight for my continuing Quality of life I now have despite my very complex chronic health.

Thanks for your help to have this decision changed.

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Response from Lorna Gray, Patient Experience, Public Involvement Project Manager, NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde

Dear oddball,

Thank you for sharing your views on the current proposed changes to the way services are delivered at the Centre for Integrative Care.

First of all, it is really important to make clear that no decision about the inpatient ward has been made yet, and we are at the very start of a process to let people know about the proposal, and to give people the opportunity to ask questions about it and share their views. This period of engagement will continue until the end of November.

There are a number of ways for people to share their views, and from the information you have shared here I am certain you have already passed on your comments to me directly. These will of course be fed into the process along with all of the other comments we receive from patients, carers and other members of the public.

Our website has more information on both the proposals and the ways that people can get involved - you can visit the page using this link: http://www.nhsggc.org.uk/get-in-touch-get-involved/inform-engage-and-consult/centre-for-integrative-care-moving-to-ambulatory-care/

Best Wishes,


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