Aileen Campbell, SNP MSP for Clydesdale, has raised a number of serious concerns with NHS Lanarkshire about the recent decision to close the doors at Lockhart hospital to new patients, this comes on the back of local meetings the MSP had. Campbell also attended a Lanark Community Council meeting where the issue was discussed with the health board on Monday night.
Due to a lack of GP cover the hospital was closed to new patients and the remaining patients were given alternative care arrangements. Local concerns about this development were also included in correspondence sent by Campbell to the Health Secretary Shona Robison.
Commenting Aileen Campbell said:
"I have demanded strong reassurances that there is no long term plan to close this much loved and used local facility. Facilities like the Lockhart should be utilised as much as possible as they allow people to be treated closer to home, rather than going to Wishaw. I am pleased that at the recent community council meeting, and in correspondence to me, that NHS Lanarkshire say they 'remain committed to Clydesdale's cottage hospitals' but I need them to show this commitment in the coming days by endeavouring to reopen the hospital as soon as possible. I have also sought to ensure communication with the community is open and transparent to guard against unnecessary scares and rumour.
"The community are greatly concerned that the hospital is being effectively mothballed. NHS Lanarkshire must ensure that they do their utmost to reassure the public as to their commitment to Clydesdale's cottage hospitals and to reopen Lockhart Hospital as soon as possible."