Update on paediatric services in Lothian

Update on paediatric services in Lothian

Fiona Hyslop MSP has commented on the below press release from NHS Lothian saying “Constructive and detailed engagement has paid off. This is a great result for West Lothian.”

Please see the NHS Lothian Release in full below:

A major recruitment campaign and work programme is underway, following NHS Lothian’s decision to implement in full the recommendations of an expert review.
Eight consultant posts have been advertised across the UK, as well as Advanced Paediatric Nurse Practitioner roles in a bid to bolster the workforce and ensure sustainability of children’s services in Lothian.

A special programme board was appointed, following the report by the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (RCPCH), to take forward the findings and work is now gathering pace.

The group has been working intensively with medical and nursing staff across both sites in St John’s Hospital and in the Royal Hospital for Sick Children to ensure sustainable services are in place.

They have considered the RCPCH’s recommended interim option and agreed they would prefer to propose another model – which is actually the ideal solution as recommended by RCPCH.

It means that instead of adopting a short-term solution until more staff are recruited, staff would create their own Resident model rota from the existing workforce and move straight to the Option 1 recommendation from the RCPCH from next month.

Jim Crombie, Acting Chief Executive, NHS Lothian, said the model was only made possible by NHS Lothian’s dedicated clinical teams.

He said: “This is clear evidence of NHS Lothian’s commitment to sustaining safe paediatrics services at St John’s Hospital.

“This has been achieved by a huge effort by the clinical teams across paediatrics, but especially at St John’s Hospital.”
Patients will not experience any differences and services will continue seamlessly as normal from St John’s Hospital and the Royal Hospital for Sick Children.
Recruitment will continue online and on social media and it is hoped that four of the eight consultant posts will be filled by a number of doctors who have now completed training.

Two trainee Advanced Paediatric Nurse Practitioners have also been appointed in the last few days and their training will get underway shortly. Advertising for qualified practitioners will continue.

Mr Crombie said that the programme of work while positive remained complex and would be the subject of regular progress reports to the board of NHS Lothian.

He added: “I am delighted that the strategic approach, established by NHS Lothian in the summer of last year has, as we expected, provided a strong foundation for safe and effective paediatric care across Lothian.”

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Hyslop Calls on Constituents to Submit to Major Airport Consultation

Hyslop Calls on Constituents to Submit to Major Airport Consultation

Fiona Hyslop MSP is calling on all residents in West Lothian to submit their views on Edinburgh Airport’s Airspace Consultation before the deadline on September 12th.

Fiona said;

“This could lead to a major revamp of our airspace and it is vital that residents across West Lothian are aware of the consultation and contribute their views before September 12th – not just those who have had issues with aircraft noise levels in the past.

“This consultation focusses on overall airspace coming in and out of Edinburgh Airport, not the previously consulted on TUTUR flight path trial. This means every resident of West Lothian will be affected by the results and therefore must ensure their voices and opinions are heard.

“It is essential that my constituents in West Lothian engage with this consultation by visiting the website www.letsgofurther.com or contacting the airport to request a hard copy of the consultation document so that they can read the airport’s proposals and submit their views.”

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Notes:
The best way to submit to the consultation is via their website – www.letsgofurther.com

Or you can send your submission to their PO Box:
Consultation Coordinator
Edinburgh Airport
PO Box 17473
EDINBURGH
EH12 1ND

Please note to do this you must also fill out a privacy form, which can be obtained by emailing edicommunications@edinburghairport.com
You can also email this address to request a hard copy of the consultation document.

There are a small number of hard copies available at Fiona Hyslop’s Constituency office which can be picked up from 59 West Main Street, Whitburn, West Lothian, EH47 0QD.

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Local MSP Welcomes Re-Roofing of Bathgate West Nursery

Bathgate West Nursery Roofing

Local MSP Welcomes Re-Roofing of Bathgate West Nursery

Local Constituency MSP, Fiona Hyslop visited Bathgate West Nursery to inspect the slate work following the major roof repair.
Fiona said;

“I was delighted to be invited to visit Bathgate West Nursery and scale the scaffolding to inspect the roof – this is a fine example of slate work using traditional building skills.

“It was encouraging to meeting Jay, the young female ProCast Site Manager and all of staff on site who clearly take great pride in their work and continuing to deploy and develop traditional building methods – I was also given the opportunity to cut my own slate following some on the job training’

“It is important to recognise the excellent work that has been carried out but also the commitment to ensuring that vital skills are passed on to the next generation”

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Local MSP Welcomes opening of Armadale Shed

The Shed, Armadale
Local MSP Welcomes opening of Armadale Shed

Local Constituency MSP, Fiona Hyslop has visited the new Armadale Shed and welcomed the opportunities it holds for local people in Armadale.

Fiona said;

“I was delighted to visit the Armadale Shed – this is a great community initiative which encourages people to learn new hobbies but also offers a space for others to practise their wood and metal work and share expertise.

“Situated in the heart of the community and offering access to all, it is easy to see why the Shed is so popular and I am delighted to support any environment that helps promote community values and social interaction.

“I would encourage anyone interested to visit the Shed at the Gospel Halls and see what exciting new crafts they can learn.”

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The Armadale Shed is located in the former council workshops, under the Gospel Hall off of South Street.
The group would welcome any donations of wood and metal materials.

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Fiona Hyslop MSP comments on racism statistics at primary and high schools across West Lothian

Fiona Hyslop MSP comments on racism statistics at Primary and High schools across West Lothian

“I am disappointed that in in this day and age there are still incidents of racism being reported from our schools.

“The SNP Government is determined and committed to advancing race equality and that is why we created the Race Equality Framework earlier this year.

“Our diversity is one of our greatest strengths and I would strongly urge anyone who witnesses racism at school or outside of school to call out this behaviour and ensure that any kind of racism in our society is deemed utterly unacceptable.

“There is no place for racism in West Lothian and as the local MSP for Linlithgow Constituency I am happy to work with local schools and the police to ensure that racist incidents are stamped out of our lives for good.”

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Fiona Comments on Dunne Group Job Losses in Bathgate

Fiona Comments on Dunne Group Job Losses in Bathgate

Local MSP Fiona Hyslop has commented on the news that the Dunne Group, whose Head Office is based in Bathgate and employs 200 staff, has collapsed into administration.

Fiona said;

“I am very disappointed by the news of the closure of the Dunne Group, I know that this will be a difficult and anxious time for the workforce and their families. The Dunne Group employs 200 people across Scotland including those at the Bathgate Site and this news will be a great loss to the construction sector both locally and across Scotland.

“The Scottish Government are in contact with the administrators and will be providing support for those affected through the PACE initiative. Our focus now has to be on the workers and their families. We must all pull together for the good of the workforce and to support the West Lothian economy. As the local MSP I will do whatever I can to assist in this process.”

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Hyslop Nominates Uphall Volunteer to be Local Hero at Opening of Parliament

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Hyslop Nominates Uphall Volunteer to be Local Hero at Opening of Parliament

Local Constituency MSP, Fiona Hyslop has nominated local volunteer, Paul Weddell to be her guest at the Scottish Parliament’s Local Hero and Riding of the Parliament Ceremony on July 2nd to mark the official opening of Holyrood’s fifth session.

Fiona said;

“The opening of Session Five of the Scottish Parliament is an opportunity to celebrate the work and dedication of our local heroes from across the country.

“Paul Weddell dedicates his free time to volunteering and for the last 16 years has been involved with the No Limits Sports Club based in West Lothian for Children and Young Adults with a Disability and he has personally raised in excess of £160,000 to fund the clubs activities.

“Paul’s commitment to the No Limit’s Sports Club is inspiring and I know those who work with him, adults and young people alike, agree that he should be recognised as a local hero is West Lothian.”

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Notes:
Nominated by MSPs in recognition of their important personal contribution to the lives of people in Scotland, a total of 98 heroes have been nominated to-date and will take part in a ‘Riding’ along Edinburgh’s Royal Mile on Saturday, 2nd July.

About Paul Weddell:
As a retired policeman, Paul dedicates his free time to volunteering and was very involved with Carers of West Lothian. He has also volunteered with a number of disability and health groups and was the primary carer for his wife and for his daughter who requires round the clock care. For the last 16 years he has been involved with the No Limits Sports Club based in West Lothian for Children and Young Adults with a Disability. He has personally raised in excess of £160,000 to fund the clubs activities.

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Fiona Hyslop Speaks to EU Nationals in West Lothian: You’re Welcome Here

Fiona Hyslop Speaks to EU Nationals in West Lothian: You’re Welcome Here

Local Constituency MSP and Cabinet Secretary for Europe and External Affairs has told EU nationals in the Linlithgow Constituency that “you remain welcome here” after Scotland voted overwhelmingly to stay in the European Union.

West Lothian voted to Remain in the EU 58.3% – alongside every other local authority area in Scotland. The Scottish Government is now exploring all options to protect Scotland’s relationship with Europe.

On Monday in London, Fiona in her Government role as Cabinet Secretary for External Affairs met with the Ambassadors of France, Germany and Slovakia who take up the EU Presidency in next few weeks and underlined this message from the Scottish Government

Fiona said;

“West Lothian, like the rest of Scotland, voted to remain within the EU – a vote to protect our place in the world’s biggest single market and the jobs and investment that depend on it.

“It’s significant that the result in Scotland came after a campaign that was positive about the EU and the benefits of freedom of movement.

“As your MSP, I want to tell the citizens of other EU countries living across West Lothian that you remain welcome here, Scotland is your home and your contribution is valued.

“It’s deeply disappointing that the result in Scotland was not echoed across the whole of the UK – but Scotland has spoken decisively and we will make that voice heard.”

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Update on St John’s Children’s Ward

Update on St John’s Children’s Ward

Hyslop Welcomes Outcome of Independent Lothian Paediatric Review
Independent Review calls for the Retention of 24/7 Services at St Johns

Thursday, 16 June 2016

Local Constituency MSP for Linlithgow, Fiona Hyslop has welcomed the Report from the Independent Review of Paediatric Services across Lothian, which has called for the retention of 24/7 services at St John’s Hospital in the short and medium term.

The Review Team’s Report specifically states that, “The Review team`s overarching view is that the population, activity and demand for a full obstetric service in West Lothian merits the retention of inpatient paediatrics at St John`s.

Commenting on the Report, Fiona said;

“This is a fantastic result for the families and young people of West Lothian. The Review Team echoed the concerns and challenges that the West Lothian SNP Group highlighted in our full submission to them in January this year. They have said in their report that ‘The size of the population served, the volume of work carried out, and the need for a full maternity service are strong reasons for this recommendation’ to retain 25/7 Services at St John’s.

“I was also pleased to read that the Report further calls for a Board Level Champion to Chair a ‘Children’s Board to oversee any issues relating to Children’s Services in Lothian and a recommendation that NHS Lothian commit to a 3-5 year strategic plan for the future of St John`s inpatient paediatric service and the workforce that meets the needs of patients and includes investment in new ways of working.

“The West Lothian SNP group met formally with the Review Team in January to highlight the importance of Children’s Services at St John’s and we handed over a comprehensive Submission for them to consider. To my knowledge, other groups chose not to do this and instead chose to scaremonger the West Lothian Public via the media. The difficulties this caused in articulating communications to the public has been noted in the Review Team’s Report and I hope this serves as a strong warning to those who would rather spend their time playing politics with our Children’s Health than contributing to the best possible outcome for our children and young people.

“The NHS Lothian Board is still to make its decision following the recommendations of the Report and I am meeting the CEO next week to impress on him the need to resource the recommendations made.”

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To read the Report in full go to:

http://www.rcpch.ac.uk/improving-child-health/better-nhs-children/service-delivery/invited-reviews/lothian-review/lothian-r

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Hyslop Welcomes Climate Change Figures Showing 2020 Targets Achieved Early

Hyslop Welcomes Climate Change Figures Showing 2020 Targets Achieved Early

Local Constituency MSP Fiona Hyslop has welcomed news that Scotland has exceeded its world leading climate change targets – six years early.

Fiona commented;

“Scotland is making outstanding progress in reducing greenhouse gas emissions. These statistics show that we not only met the annual 2014 emissions reduction target but also exceeded the level of our world-leading 2020 target for a 42% reduction, six years ahead of schedule.

“I am well aware of the efforts my constituents and organisations like Transition Linlithgow make to tackle Climate Change at home, in school and in our local businesses, and so it’s great to see the impact this is having nationally.

“I spoke about Scotland’s dedication to tackling Climate Change in a debate on the EU Referendum at the Scottish Parliament earlier this month. With climate change one of the defining challenges of our time, there is a real need to cooperate with our neighbours and internationally, so I believe that Scotland and the UK are better off remaining in the European Union.”

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Notes:

New figures show that Scotland exceeded the 2020 target of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 42% in 2014. Scotland continues to outperform the rest of the UK, with a 39.5% drop in Scottish source emissions between 1990 and 2014 compared to the UK’s 33% reduction over the same period. Scotland is one of the leading countries in Western Europe for reducing emissions.

The latest climate change statistics show Scotland’s emissions, for reporting against targets, have fallen by 12.5% year on year to 41.9 million tonnes carbon dioxide equivalent (MtCO2e) in 2014.

This is a reduction of 45.8% from the 1990 baseline.

Scottish Greenhouse Gas Emissions 2014: http://www.gov.scot/Publications/2016/06/2307

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