Date lodged: 19 November 2018
To ask the Scottish Government how many operations have been cancelled by NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde since the temporary closure of the Cowlairs decontamination unit in Springburn.
Answered by: Jeane Freeman 21 December 2018
The temporary closure of the Cowlairs decontamination unit resulted in 1075 procedures being cancelled by NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde. Those patients waiting for urgent care procedures have been rescheduled and the remainder will be rescheduled as quickly as possible. The Chief Executive, Jane Grant, wrote to each patient who has been affected by this disruption and has put in place a dedicated phone line for patients who have any concerns.
Scottish Government officials were in regular contact with the Health Board to support them in taking the necessary steps to ensure the Decontamination Facility meets the required standards. The unit reopened on 27 November and is now fully operational.