"Glen Orchy Ward, Coathill Hospital closure"
About: Coathill Hospital / Old age psychiatry Coathill Hospital Old age psychiatry ML5 4DN
Posted by Worried family (as ),
Could you help us please? Could you tell me why they are closing Glen Orchy Ward at Coathill Hospital, Coatbridge and moving all the patients, one being my husband to Wishaw General Hospital.
We received notification yesterday from the nursing staff about this change. As you can imagine they are also upset and worried about moving. Apparently all patients have to be moved in three weeks time over to Wishaw.
Glen Orchy is one of the facilities for patients with dementia and associated illnesses. My husband has been a patient there since last year. He was diagnosed with Alzheimer's and is unable to be at home. The staff and facilities have been excellent there and we have never had any issues with his care.
Closing this ward is a disgrace, why is this happening? We were under the impression that patients with his condition are suppose to be prioritised and as you can imagine this will be a great upheaval and change to them. The inconvenience caused to the families that haven't got transport and even with transport, the added extra distance will be a problem.
I am 75 years old, and I always visit every day, I will not be able to travel this distance to Wishaw and I am devastated this is happening. My family are extremely angry and upset with this and don't know who to turn to.