Treat all COVID 19 patients in the specialist hospital in Glasgow

We have a purpose built hospital in Glasgow which I believe should now be used to treat all COVID 19 patients, freeing up all Regional Hospitals to treating all other medical conditions. Treating all COVID patients in one location will provide safety for all other patients who require treatment. We have many patients just now missing out on vital treatment due to fear of attending hospital and also who have had procedures cancelled and this cannot continue. We have the staff to do this.

Why the contribution is important

I believe it is important to the wellbeing of many more people in our wider communities, more people will die without treatment for cancers / heart problems etc. than have died and or will die from COVID if we don't get our NHS up and running again across all sectors COVID is just one illness, there are many , many more which haven't gone away

by Carole64 on May 05, 2020 at 02:23PM

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  • Posted by Nalcantara May 05, 2020 at 14:26

    Agree. There is a designated pop up hospital. This should be used for ALL Covid patients and hospitals should resume their regular treatments to avoid further knock on casualties.
  • Posted by GMac01 May 05, 2020 at 14:31

    If practical this make sense to treat Covid 19 in separate clear locations. This might allay any fear factors people have about attending a hospital
  • Posted by GeorgestripeyTT May 05, 2020 at 14:32

    Good idea, but is there enough staff to do this though? Look at what happened to the London hospital which didn't have enough critical care nurses. May be better to have smaller units spread out across the country outwith main hospitals as I'm sure someone from the very top of Scotland would prefer to stay in their local area.
  • Posted by Donald May 05, 2020 at 14:33

    Never. Centralising is not an option, I would never accept that option, prefer to stay at home and take the consequences.
  • Posted by BiggGrumperz May 05, 2020 at 14:35

    Yes, agree. We need to get 'normal' patients being seen again. My wife needs a hysterectomy, but is having to wait patiently.
  • Posted by sy278 May 05, 2020 at 14:38

    Fully support this idea. Similar vein to how specialist hospitals have been used in years gone by. @Donald - Would love to hear your reasoning behind centralising?
  • Posted by PaulWG May 05, 2020 at 14:39

    Fine if you live in Glasgow!
  • Posted by June May 05, 2020 at 14:42

    Absolutely vital to get non COVID health issues back on the agenda before we have major numbers dying from cancer. Moving Covid patients to one location and offering “clean” hospitals for other procedures would improve health outcomes all round.
  • Posted by dd1lanark May 05, 2020 at 14:46

    I don't think it would be practical to treat all Covid patients in Glasgow. However with the excessive transmission of the virus within hospitals, if possible it would make sense to have hospitals that were for non Covid treatments and others solely for Covid.
  • Posted by Patsy50 May 05, 2020 at 14:50

    I do not agree with centralising Covid patients. We have to go 100 miles to be treated for most conditions and they have a Covid ward at the local hospital. As far as I am aware anyone who needs ventilation will be sent to Glasgow anyway. We don’t have a high incidence of Covid here because the vast majority of people are obeying the rules and we don’t have a big population.
  • Posted by Jomccolgan May 05, 2020 at 14:51

    Good idea - helps give maximum protection to those NHS staff and patients not working in the covid setting .
  • Posted by TStrachan May 05, 2020 at 14:53

    I agree in principle but I expect it wouldn't be feasible to treat every patient in Glasgow, perhaps a few more hubs around the country would work but the experts would need to look into that.
  • Posted by Hammy May 05, 2020 at 15:17

    There are apparently 500 hospital beds (approx) in Glasgow alone being utilised for COVID 19 patients. If they were moved to Louisa Jordan then that must give the ability for the GRI and the QEUH to name but two, the ability to at least to return to normal day to day business. Central to that reducing the risk of cross infection to patients attending hospital for normal procedures. It may well be that it could be rolled out to smaller communities/towns i.e. Local hospitals as their need is of equal importance to serve the their community.
  • Posted by sarahglen3 May 05, 2020 at 15:25

    The problem is on admission to hospital it is not always clear who has covid and who doesn't. Often patients are un-symptomatic, and around 50% of the test results for covid are false negatives. It would take no time at all for positive patients to appear in the 'clean' hospitals and then you are back at square one.
  • Posted by bank65 May 05, 2020 at 17:12

    Absolutely agree with this idea but more than one location maybe required. "Old fevers hospitals " existed at a point in time in the past when public health protection was needed for diseases which we now have vaccines for e.g TB.
  • Posted by rst May 05, 2020 at 17:42

    I agree with @sarahglen3.People could be asymptomatic but still be carrying the virus into the “clean”hospital without being aware.If tests could be done and prove negative before admission that would be different but I think we’re a long way from that scenario.
  • Posted by IKGECOPOTMG May 07, 2020 at 16:40

    There are problems with this. 1) I do not believe Louisa Jordan is not currently staffed or equipped to look after the sickest of patients suffering from covid. 2) The specialist medical and nursing staff required to provide this care are also required to deliver care for those patients who become critically ill without covid, they will continue to need to provide this care at their usual places of work. 3)At present they have been able to stretch to cover additional workload by having people with related, suitable experience working alongside and providing a degree of supervision and support to those who’s current role is not in critical care - this would be very difficult if split across sites. 4) transport of sick patients over long distances is challenging and does carry and element of risk. EMRS/SAS/Scotstar are amazing, but this would be a huge additional workload and a lot of risk. 5) how do you ensure a hospital is covid free? Patients can be asymptomatic. Even if you ask people to self isolate as a form of quarentine beforehand, all it would take would be one person not to do so (screening may not help if they were early in the incubation period). Furthermore staff could be asymptomatic too.
  • Posted by BrendaRae May 07, 2020 at 17:46

    I thought this would have been the case when they opened the Louisa Jordan hospital. Testing could have been carried out on first arriving at hospitals and patients transferred then. Understand there might have been logistical problems initially but these could have been addressed by the experts who work within the NHS. Perhaps not suitable for everyone but again this could have been addressed by the experts who are already in place at the different hospitals. Countrywide might have been a problem but perhaps a designated hospital could have been assigned in some areas.
  • Posted by scottishfeminist May 08, 2020 at 14:34

    Why not treat everyone in Glasgow? It's not like you can visit them anyway.
  • Posted by Pearl16 May 09, 2020 at 18:24

    Once numbers have reduced to manageable levels isolating patients in identified hospitals would seem a reasonable measure in reducing hospital acquired infections. The current measures have not proved to be effective in stopping hospital transmissions. The current situation of withholding much needed services can't go on much longer.
  • Posted by Feriface May 11, 2020 at 14:57

    This just makes sense. Why put people who need other treatment at risk? Each city should be thinking about utilising abandoned buildings for this purpose. Why not set up temporary care facilities for this exact purpose. Even testing should not be done at the normal hospital. Surely, this just makes sense. I understand the logistics around this might be challenging but it's certainly possible if we understood the importance of such a move.
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