More than £19 million invested in IRH over last five years

Greenock and Inverclyde MSP Stuart McMillan and Ronnie Cowan MP have both welcomed the news that NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde (NHSGGC) has invested over £19,135,000 in the IRH over the last five years.

The board has underlining its commitment to the Inverclyde Royal Hospital (IRH) with £800,000 investment over the current financial year.

Last year the board carried out a £2.5 million investment in a new boiler at the IRH as well as committing £400,000 on a new chiller unit to regulate temperature in wards in the summer and £430,000 in energy efficiency works.

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Commenting, Stuart McMillan MSP said:

“This investment into Inverclyde Royal Hospital by NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde is fantastic news. It firmly reiterates the importance of the IRH to health provision in our community, and underlines the commitment of the board to ensuring its long-term future.

“As well as investing in new technology and infrastructure, our dedicated NHS staff at Inverclyde Royal Hospital are working extremely hard to maintain a high level of performance and are continually working to retain and build on this success to ensure patients in Inverclyde get the service they rightly deserve.

“By the end of this parliament the Scottish Government will have increased health funding by an additional £2 billion. The Scottish Government recently launched the National Clinical Strategy; the blueprint for health and social care in Scotland over the next 10 to 15 years. This long-term plan, coupled with support from our health boards, will ensure that we continue support the health needs of this generation, and generations to come.”

Ronnie Cowan MP said:

“NHSGGC has consistently stated its commitment to the IRH and they must be commended for backing this support with significant levels of funding over the past five years.

“The IRH is an important part of NHSGGC’s work in delivering high quality health care and this long-term commitment will undoubtedly be welcomed by everyone in Inverclyde.”

The money is in addition to recent capital investment in the hospital which includes:

  • £1.2 million refurbishment of the Emergency Department (ED) and the main entrance
  • £4.3 million on a new clean room for ophthalmology patients undergoing intra-vitreal therapy, and refurbishment of oncology and haematology areas
  • £6.5 million NHS centre for specialist dementia and mental health support on the IRH site
  • £2.5 million in new IRH main boiler house
  • £500,000 new state-of-the-art tube system for transfer of bloods and samples throughout the hospital
  • £370,000 on a new canopy for Emergency Department and new gym roof
  • £750,000 on new Medical Equipment in 2016/17.

David Loudon, director of Property, Procurement and Facilities Management, NHSGGC, said: “This latest tranche of investment in the IRH means the board will have directed almost £19 million of funding to the hospital in recent years.

“This is a significant sum of money and demonstrates the important role the IRH plays in the NHSGGC estate.

“We intend to keep investing in our hospitals and this money will be spent on improving the fabric and infrastructure of the IRH for the benefit of both staff and patients.

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