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Achieving Excellence – A plan for person-centred, innovative healthcare to help Lanarkshire flourish

We have launched a consultation to hear your views on our new healthcare strategy. The strategy, called Achieving Excellence, sets out a number of proposals including:

  • Plans for a £400m project to replace University Hospital Monklands
  • The delivery of high quality specialist services in centres of excellence
  • Increased use of technology to help patients manage their own conditions
  • The development of more community services
  • A long-term model for the provision of trauma and orthopaedic surgery in Lanarkshire.

The goal is to shift the balance away from treatment in hospitals. We want to prevent ill-health in the first instance and develop enhanced community services where people are looked after at home or in homely settings.  Hospital care would be organised into centres of excellence to provide specialised clinical services for patients

We have made a commitment that University Hospitals Hairmyres, Wishaw and Monklands will all continue to deliver emergency care with each hospital including

  • A consultant-led emergency department 
  • Acute medical and surgical services 
  • Diagnostics and imaging 
  • Operating theatres and critical care 
  • Outpatient services

University Hospital Monklands Replacement Project  

The Monklands Replacement Project (MRP) is NHS Lanarkshire’s exciting and positive vision for University Hospital Monklands and the local and wider community it serves, proposing a major investment in Lanarkshire’s hospital estate by rebuilding the hospital on a new site.

Monklands is an ageing hospital and most of the mechanical and electrical infrastructure has exceeded its life expectancy. Recurring failures not only have ongoing and increasing financial implications but also have an impact on the delivery of clinical services. The current facilities lack space and the buildings don’t have the right layout to ensure the ideal model of care, which requires particular departments and services to be located close together.

A new, state-of-the-art University Hospital Monklands will support the required clinical model (how clinicians will treat patients in the future) to meet the objectives set out in NHS Lanarkshire’s healthcare strategy, Achieving Excellence which has the ambition to: shift care away from inpatient treatment to day case, day treatment, outpatient and community care; develop pan-Lanarkshire hospital centres of excellence; and support the healthcare needs of the wider West of Scotland.

University Hospital Monklands - Replacement

Trauma and Orthopaedics

NHS Lanarkshire is improving patient safety and quality of care in a two phased restructuring of its trauma and orthopaedics service. Orthopaedic services were identified as an area requiring review following the recommendation of the Healthcare Improvement Scotland (HIS) rapid review of the safety and quality of care for acute adult patients in NHS Lanarkshire. The HIS review identified the need to review the distribution of orthopaedic services and develop a service model that meets patients’ needs. 

This review forms part of the overall consultation on the Lanarkshire Healthcare Strategy 'Achieving Excellence'.

Interim changes to trauma and orthopaedics have already been agreed after risks within the service which could compromise patient safety and quality of care were recognised following feedback from Healthcare Improvement Scotland (HIS), the Scottish Government Peer Review process Getting It Right First Time (GIRFT), the General Medical Council (GMC) and the NHS Education for Scotland (NES). Their advice led to NHS Lanarkshire carrying out a detailed review of our trauma and orthopaedic services from which these proposals have been developed.

New Health Centre’s

Across Lanarkshire investment has been made to complete new health centre's in Airdrie, Bellshill, East Kilbride, Kilsyth and Motherwell.

Critical Care Unit at University Hospital Monklands 

Construction of a new state-of-the-art 10-bed new critical care unit (CCU) at University Hospital Monklands was completed in early 2016.  The new CCU, which is linked to the hospital’s current operating theatres, is part of a £19m refurbishment and upgrade programme.


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