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Site for 100m hospital announced
Southern General Hospital
The Southern General is the proposed site for the new hospital
A new "gold standard" 100m children's hospital is planned for Glasgow's Southern General, Health Minister Andy Kerr has confirmed.

The city's first specialised adult, maternity and children's facility could be in place by 2010.

It will see the transfer of children's services from Yorkhill in the city.

The decision follows an appraisal by an independent expert group and the health board will now go ahead with final consultation on the new hospital.

Professor Andrew Calder, chairman of the clinical advisory group, said: "It was the only site that offered the potential for integration.

This new hospital will provide the best not only for the children of Glasgow but the whole of Scotland
Health Minister Andy Kerr

"We urge NHS Greater Glasgow to embrace imaginative solutions.

"The co-location and integration of facilities offers a golden opportunity to provide in Glasgow a new world-class women and children's hospital service."

Professor Calder's report signals the closure of the Queen Mother's maternity hospital and the children's hospital at Yorkhill.

The Scottish Executive said "triple co-location" of services will ensure "rapid access" to specialist services.

Health Minister Andy Kerr said: "This new hospital will provide the best not only for the children of Glasgow but the whole of Scotland.

"It will of course continue to provide the same life-saving specialist treatments for very ill children and babies currently carried out at Yorkhill."

"Now it is time for everyone to look forward and play their part in building the future."

'Losing nothing'

Maternity services at the Queen Mother's will be moved at some point between 2007 and 2009.

This will sever the hospital's link with Yorkhill until services come together at the Southern General.

NHS Greater Glasgow said the board will look at the temporary loss of linked maternity and paediatric services to find "the best interim solution" for the care of high risk new born babies.

Royal Hospital for Sick Children
Services will be transferred from Glasgow's Yorkhill Hospital

The move will leave Glasgow with two maternity hospitals, the Princess Royal and Southern General Hospital.

NHS Greater Glasgow welcomed the announcement and said it will look at the recommendations.

Tom Divers, chief executive, said: "It is essential that everyone involved in these crucial planning stages maximise every opportunity to get the best possible hospital for children's services that we can for the resources available.

"It is important to emphasise that Glasgow and the rest of Scotland is losing nothing from these changes.

"Instead the skills and dedication of the Yorkhill staff will be transferred to new and fit for purpose built facilities to deliver the very best services for many years to come."

Bill Aitken, Scottish Conservative MSP for Glasgow, said he is concerned the Southern General "is now going to be overloaded beyond belief".

My first reaction is one of disgust and anger that this world class facility is to be broken up
Sandra White

He said: "I would have preferred the existing Yorkhill site which I believe will also be the view of a majority of Glaswegians."

Nicola Sturgeon, SNP deputy leader, said the Southern General "might be the right solution".

However, fellow SNP MSP Sandra White reacted angrily to the news.

She said: "My first reaction is one of disgust and anger that this world class facility is to be broken up.

"Many, many people have raised their voices against this proposal and it appears that they have been ignored.

"The consultation process has been a complete sham.

"I am still of the opinion that Glasgow requires three maternity hospitals and one of those should certainly service the north and west of the city."

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