George Adam MSP

Following on from the Paisley Daily Express and its story about Paisley Maternity and budget being cut, we approached the local MSP George Adam who gave this reply.

George said: ‘There is something far wrong when the Government and the local MSP learn about possible ward closures from Labour MSPs and National newspapers. ‘The Greater Glasgow and Clyde NHS Board have much to answer for, producing a report and seemingly allowing extremely suspect access to it. ‘Proposals to close the children’s ward and Maternity services at the RAH are bad enough but for this information to be passed on to Labour politicians and national newspapers before the Government or local MSP are informed is a damned disgrace.

George Adam MSP

‘The staff at my local hospital do a tremendous job and for them to be confronted by front pages about possible closures is something that these politicians, and indeed the health board should take time to think about. ‘If these are the facts I am very concerned about how the GGCNHS board are going about their business and I would expect board members to come clean about any such document, including the board member that that leads the Labour controlled council in Renfrewshire.’

Health Secretary Shona Robison said: “This draft discussion paper for the Board’s Directors was written prior to the Scottish Government’s budget being put forward in December, when a substantial increase in NHS funding was announced. “We’ve already substantially increased funding for all health boards, with NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde’s budget increasing by 21.3 per cent under this Government. Since this paper was written a further rise was announced in the draft budget that will give the board a record budget of £2,078.9 million.

“Absolutely none of the points in the paper have been formally put forward for consideration. Any major service change would need approval from the Scottish Government and we’ve received no requests from the board. “We’re clear with health boards that they need to design services that meet the needs of the local population. We have been consistently clear that we are committed to maintaining and improving services at both the Royal Alexandra Hospital and Vale of Leven – for example, including sustaining emergency services at the Vale. “In this context, all boards, like all public sector organisations are expected to ensure they run services as efficiently as possible.

Health boards are able to reinvest all money they save into front line services. “We are also conscious that we need to up the pace on transferring services to the community as we push forward the radical integration of health and social care.

That is exactly why we are investing some £250 million in this area in next year’s budget – of which Glasgow will receive their proportionate share.”

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Paisley & District Scout Group Duck Race 2013

Saturday 11th May sees Paisley and District Scout group’s Annual Duck Race from the Mill Bridge opposite Morrisons (Lonend) Car Park..

Last year’s event was a huge success and this year’s is already shaping up to be even BIGGER

The fun starts at 11.30am with Music being provided by McCallum School of Music and Paisley’s very own Sean Batty, STV’s weatherman will hopefully bring along the sunshine when he starts both races

The Corporate Duck Race starts at 2.30pm. Corporate Ducks are £50, this also gives 10 entries into the main race

The Main race starts at 3pm..  You can adopt a duck to enter into the race for £2 or adopt 3 ducks for £5 …. All money raised will be split equally between the Special Care Baby Unit at the Royal Alexandra Hospital and Paisley & District Scout Group

There is a phenomenal list of prizes to win and the list continues to grow daily..

Ducks can be adopted from the following locations…

Sunday 21st April

Morrison’s, Lonend – 10am to 5pm

Saturday 27th April

Paisley RAH – 1.30pm to 4.30pm

Dobbies Garden Centre, Braehead – 12pm to 4pm

Sunday 28th April

Paisley RAH – 1.30pm to 4.30pm

Dobbies Garden Centre, Braehead – 12pm to 4pm

Morrisons, Lonend – 10am to 5pm

Saturday 4th May

Paisley RAH – 1.30pm to 4.30pm

Morrison’s, Lonend – 10am to 5pm

Sunday 5th May

Paisley RAH – 1.30pm to 4.30pm

Morrison’s, Lonend – 10am to 5pm

You can also adopt a duck through any member of the Paisley & District Scout Group… And if you don’t know any scouts and cannot make it along to one of the stores don’t worry – you can register your interest on their webpage ( ) and someone from Paisley & District Scout Group will be in touch.

Photograph taken for by Jean-Marie Stewart.


Kids Need Our Ward meeting
The Children’s ward at the RAH has been saved, at least for now, as Greater Glasgow and Clyde Health Board finally realise that closing the ward at the hospital will affect many other services and have a catastrophic domino effect on the Hospital.

The unexpected news came as KNOW campaigners prepared to lobby Tuesday’s Health Board meeting, at which it was expected that the closure of the ward would go out to consultation.

Now the health board say that:

Overall service provision should be incorporated into the wider strategic review of clinical services across NHSGGC to ensure that all of the implications in relation to other services are considered within the wider strategic framework.

They at last admit that

The paediatric inpatient service at RAH interfaces with a number of other services, which require to be considered as part of the wider and more strategic review, including:

  • Emergency Department & Adult Medical Services
  • Maternity Unit/Neonatal Intensive Care Unit
  • Surgery and Anaesthetics Directorate, specifically ENT, Ophthalmology, Orthopaedics, General Surgery, Anaesthetics and Critical Care
  • Diagnostic Services

This means that they now know that they can’t close the ward without it having a disastrous effect on the hospital and overall service provision across the area, which is what KNOW has said all along.

But this is far from the end of the matter. The report makes it clear that the financial and staffing pressures that formed the “drivers for change” have not simply gone away. The health board will still find it difficult to manage it’s rotas in the coming years, but our campaign has always said that the answer to these pressures should never be to centralise services.

The two main drivers for change were the European Working Time Directive, which bodies have had 13 years to prepare for and Modernising Medical Careers, a set of rules that brought changes to the way doctors are trained to create a “consultancy led service”. Both of these meant that there are real staff pressures on hospitals including the RAH, essentially a shortage of middle grade doctors, but we have always said that services shouldn’t have to suffer from these pressures.

Clinicians that we have spoken to have advised us that rota pressures could be alleviated by making consultants to fill the gaps in middle grade doctors and if the issue is costs, then the health board should demand more money.

KNOW campaigners are delighted that RAH is safe, for now, but this wider review combined with the financial pressure on NHSGGC means that they will be back, maybe not for the children’s ward, but for something, so our campaign will keep a watching breif.

Thanks to everyone who has been involved

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Kids Need Our Ward Lobby of Crucial Health Board Meeting on Tuesday 20 December, 9.30 am, in the Board Room, J B Russell House, Gartnavel Hospital (West End of Glasgow).

On Tuesday 20 December (ie this Tuesday coming), the Greater Glasgow and Clyde Health Board is holding a meeting to decide whether or not to proceed to a formal consultation on the closure of the children’s ward (Ward 15) of the Royal Alexandria Hospital in Paisley. It is vital that Board members attending the meeting hear the voices of children, parents and relatives who believe that the closure would be a catastrophe for our children and for everyone who cares about maintaining this first class service.

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Consequently, the KNOW campaign intends to organise a lobby of the Board meeting and is urging anyone who can make it along this Tuesday to do so. We hope to be able to provide transport to anyone who requires it and would ask, therefore, that anyone who would like to come along and/or who would need transport reply to this email.

We understand that Santa will be there to lend his support to the campaign to keep our kids’ ward open! He may even bring a helper or two so you are encouraged to bring your children along.

It’s difficult to exaggerate the impact the closure of Ward 15 would have on our kids and our communities so please make every effort to come along this Tuesday and make your opposition to the proposed closure known.

Hope you can help on Tuesday and keep in touch at the following email address, remember if you need transport from Paisley, let us know, also if you need directions to the building let us know.

For those staff and those affected by the parking problems in and around the Royal Alexandra Hospital Paisley, the health board has been taken to task by Renfrewshire Council and its councillors, this was sent in to me by Councillor George Adam explaining the head of Roads reply to a stern letter written to the Health board regarding the problems.

Following recent problems over parking displacement onto streets around the
RAH, we met again yesterday afternoon with senior management of the Health
Board. Management of the RAH propose to issue a further 200
(approximately) permits to staff and allocate a significant proportion of
the short stay car park (the large car park to the front of the hospital)
for staff parking. These measures should be in place by Monday next week.

This should have an impact on the amount of cars parked on street around
the hospital and we will monitor the effect of this. It is likely that we
will meet again with management later next week to discuss the outcome. RAH
and Health Board management have committed to resolving the current problem
whereby on site parking is under utilised.

Are you a staff member or a patient and have been inconvenienced by the whole experience please contact us at or leave a comment below.

Thanks to Councillor Adam for keeping us up to date and also to the council for their efforts to resolve the issue.


One of our visitors to the Paisley website and long term contributor, has had some problems with a member of his family having to be transferred to The Glasgow Royal Hospital as the RAH runs out of beds… here is a snippet from our message board…

Patients transferred to the Royal in Glasgow as the RAH runs out of beds

The winter toll is taking full effect on the RAH in Paisley countless people attending with broken bones after falling in the snow and ice are facing hours of waiting, its that bad that there isn’t enough operating hours in the day to cope with patient demand never before has Paisley RAH seen scenes this bad.

Tonight i saw for my self the full extent of whats going on behing the scenes as i spent 9 hours at accident and emergency and here is a personal senario i saw for myself tonight.

patient arrives at A&E at before 6pm

seen by doctors, diagnosed and being admited and left on trolley before 7pm

bed finaly got at nearly 2am after 7 hours on a hospital trolley and all this on a pensioner of nearly 90

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Sma Shot day 2008 is on the 5th July 2008 will begin at 11am and leaves Brodie Park on its way down to Abbey Close in the town and hopefully Tony Lawler will lead the parade with a replica of the Charelston Drum.

A wealth of stalls, funfairs, street theatre and onstage entertainment – including a re-enactment of the Sma’ Shot Story by local youth theatre PACE, ‘Loud ‘n’ Proud’ celebrating the ‘Charleston Drum’ with a drumming extravaganza and the ‘Burning of the Cork’ – will ensure that the day will be a memorable one.

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