Urgent timeline: Save the NHS in-patient integrative care ward for seriously ill people
The In-patient ward is under threat of closure, within 100 days, at NHS centre for integrative care, in Gartnavel Hospital Complex. This hospital offers support for some of the most seriously ill people in Scotland who have exhausted all other NHS treatment options and for those who can clinically benefit from access to NHS holistic treatment.
The hospital cares for people with long-term, chronic, often incurable, life-limiting and often multiple health conditions from throughout Scotland, who will have nowhere else to go should the ward at this hospital close, as this is the only one of it's kind in the UK with access to in-patient beds and is the reason the hospital achieves such successful outcomes.
The First Minister and Cabinet Secretary for Health have the power and authority to actively intervene and give the hospital national or ring-fenced funding which would secure its long-term future.
I have been an in-patient here for 5 days earlier this year, and on leaving my words to the senior nurse were "It's been a lifeline". I also saw the benefit to patients with very different illnesses and conditions and know these people are hugely reliant on the service physically and psychologically. Access to this treatment is through GP referral followed by assessment for in-patient care, or out-patient care, and I can honestly say I benefitted far more from the intensive in-patient environment and range of treatments than is possible on the outpatient service. It also introduced me to infra red heat equipment that I now use on a daily basis to help manage chronic pain.
Please, please, please sign the petition to support the many people present and future, who could be denied the healthcare that may be the only thing that can improve or help manage their conditions, before it's too late.
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(Integrative medicine is the blending of conventional care and medication approaches along with a wide range of other methods such as CBT, acupuncture, dietary methods, mindfulness, complimentary therapy, homeopathy and courses to help people to better understand, accept and better manage their condition and is safe, cost effective and clinically effective.)
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