Parkinson's UK delighted that Lightburn Hospital is saved

In response to the news that the Cabinet Secretary for Health, Shona Robison, has rejected plans by Greater Glasgow and Clyde Health Board to close Lightburn Hospital in the East End of Glasgow, Tanith Muller, Campaign and Parliamentary Manager of Parkinson's UK in Scotland, says:

"Parkinson's UK is delighted that the Cabinet Secretary has listened to local people, heard their concerns about losing Lightburn and rejected the Health Board's plans. The services provided at the hospital are highly valued by the local community and there will widespread relief that Lightburn is to remain open.

"Once again the campaign to save Lightburn has been spearheaded by local people with Parkinson's. Parkinson's UK is delighted that they have made their voices heard for the benefit of the wider community. The charity also thanks Ivan McKee MSP, and MSPs and Councillors from all political parties for their support in saving Lightburn."

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About the current service

The Parkinson’s service at Lightburn is an integrated multi-disciplinary rehabilitation team for both inpatients and outpatients.

The benefits of the multi-disciplinary approach also apply to older people with other conditions who require intensive support.

It is essential to good Parkinson's care because the condition is very complex. Parkinson's has a wide range of motor and non-motor symptoms that can impact on people's lives and ability to function.

At Lightburn people with Parkinson's have onsite access to:

  • a consultant with an interest in Parkinson's

  • a Parkinson's Nurse Specialist

  • allied health professionals including occupational therapists, physiotherapists and speech and language therapists

The service allows the consultant or specialist nurse to make same-day, same-site, referrals to colleagues in the multi-disciplinary team. This means that:

  • issues are promptly identified and addressed
  • emergency admissions are prevented
  • missed appointments are very rare

The fluctuating and complex nature of Parkinson's can make it very difficult to attend appointments at multiple sites on different days.

About Parkinson's

Every week 30 people in Scotland are told they have Parkinson's.

It affects more than 12,000 people in Scotland - which is around 1 in 375 adults.

Parkinson's is a degenerative neurological condition, for which there currently is no cure. The main symptoms of the condition are tremor, slowness of movement and rigidity.

About Parkinson's UK

Parkinson's UK is the UK's leading charity supporting those with the condition. Its mission is to find a cure and improve life for everyone affected by Parkinson's through cutting edge research, information, support and campaigning.