RUTHERGLEN and Cambuslang will officially become part of the South Lanarkshire Community Health Partnership (CHP) next week.
The new arrangement, which comes into being on Wednesday April 1, will see NHS Lanarkshire taking on health staff in the two towns from NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde.
However, NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde will retain overall responsibility for the Rutherglen and Cambuslang locality and patients will continue to see the same GPs and will be referred to the same hospitals with a majority still going to Glasgow.
The NHS say the changeover will ensure the most effective set-up is in place to plan and develop high quality health services in the future.
CHPs were brought in to replace Local Health Community Co-ops three years ago. It is hoped they will lead to closer links between health services and council services such as social work.
The overall aim is to improve long-term community health and social care services within local authority boundaries.
Director of South Lanarkshire CHP, Alan Lawrie, said it was important that patients knew things would not really change for them.
He said: “We are delighted to welcome the staff of Rutherglen/Cambuslang and the Northern Corridor to NHS Lanarkshire. These new arrangements will allow both areas to be fully integrated with the rest of their CHP bringing a wide range of benefits.
“For patients it is important to realise that from April 1 they will continue to access local health services just as they do now. That means their GP will remain the same and, when required, they will still be referred to the same NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde services and hospitals.”
Plans for the changeover have been ongoing since early last year.
NHS Lanarkshire will manage local health services on NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde’s behalf as fully integrated parts of the two CHPs.
In reaching the decision, the proposals were discussed with the local Public Partnership Forums, staff, GPs and other stakeholders and all views expressed were taken on board. The changes were taken forward in partnership with the staff organisations representing these staff at both area and local level.
Operational responsibility for local budgets, staff and contracts with other health professionals such as GPs transfer to NHS Lanarkshire.
For staff there is no change to their pay and conditions, place of employment or nature of job.