Save NHS Holistic Care from Extinction!
'Homeopathy Heals Me'
7 AUG 2016 — CALL TO FORMER & CURRENT PATIENTS & SUPPORTERS TO HELP SAVE NHS CENTRE OF INTEGRATIVE CARE & THE ONLY UK HOLISTIC IN-PATIENT INTEGRATIVE CARE WARD FROM CLOSURE
Please continue to help us and show your support by leaving positive online comments under the recent press articles in support of continued access to NHS Holistic Care at the NHS Centre for Integrative Care (formerly Glasgow Homeopathic Hospital) and write to the decision makers.
Thank you for helping us to exceed 40,000 signatures on this Petition but please don't be complacent, as we definitely need many more signatures and for people to complete tasks to help the campaign, such as letters to Ministers, MSPs and other decision makers. We need to personally send a plea to them to step in and make a positive decision to secure the long-term future of the in-patient ward of the Glasgow Homeopathic Hospital (CIC) for continued access to NHS holistic care. Please continue to share this petition and these updates by email via your social media, circulating to all your contacts and networks, and encourage them to also share, pass on, and help us spread the word to assist in our campaign. We must stand shoulder to shoulder, no matter where we live, in opposing these plans or we are likely to lose access to NHS holistic care in the UK completely.
We were fortunate to get some national coverage of the story (see below) about the cuts that NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde Health Board is making for their £70 million deficit and how the CIC will be affected. However we all know if we lose access to the in-patient integrative care unit at the CIC, this will be a false economy and will certainly cost the NHS Health Board much more in the long term.
The NHS CIC achieves very positive outcomes with a patient cohort that is normally very difficult and extremely costly to treat, as it allows support for some of the most seriously ill, complex and vulnerable patients in Scotland. The ward is important so that patients can be admitted to the in-patient unit for continuous care and access to treatments and therapies, if clinicians deem it necessary. This ensures intensive holistic assessment and is also backed up by nursing staff in this unique and innovative model of care, which consistently achieves very high patient satisfaction ratings, as high as 100% in some studies.
If you are a former or current patient of the NHS Centre of Integrative Care, have at any time been an in-patient or out-patient, or have a loved one or family member who has been treated at this hospital, we urgently need you to help us by writing to the main decision makers to tell them how you have benefited from attending this hospital.
If you have ever been a patient in the in-patient ward at anytime in the past or present, we need you to focus on why this approach has been important in helping you. Concentrate on what the NHS has saved in GP and other appointments or procedures that you have avoided, and savings achieved due to reductions in medications. Also how your quality of life has improved, skills that you have learned, so that you are better able to understand and accept your condition and self-manage it.
Remember this model of care is totally unique and very, very different from the bio-medical model used elsewhere, so you will need to explain the difference in attending other NHS facilities compared to being referred to the NHS CIC.
WRITE TO INFORM DECISION MAKERS WHY THIS MODEL OF CARE PROVIDED AT THE NHS CIC & ACCESS TO IN-PATIENT BEDS, ARE NECESSARY & SHOULD BE RETAINED: (The same letter can be emailed to all).
SCOTTISH GOVERNMENT DECISION MAKERS:
Nicola Sturgeon, First Minister: Firstminister@gov.scot
Shona Robison, Cabinet Secretary for Health: CabSecHS@gov.scot
Aileen Campbell, Public Health Minister: MinisterPHS@gov.scot
NHS SCOTLAND DECISION MAKERS:
Dr Catherine Calderwood, Chief Medical Officer: firstname.lastname@example.org
Dr Jason Leitch, Medical Director NHS Scotland:
Paul Gray, Director General of NHS Scotland:
NHS GREATER GLASGOW & CLYDE DECISION MAKERS ON HEALTH BOARD:
John Brown, Chairperson: email@example.com
Robert Calderwood, Chief Executive: firstname.lastname@example.org
Catronia Renfrew, Director of Policy & Planning: Catriona.Renfrew@ggc.scot.nhs.uk
PATIENT OPINION: www.patientopinion.org.uk
PLEASE LEAVE A REVIEW OF CARE EXPERIENCED AT NHS CIC:
This website is like trip adviser for hospitals! If you have been an in-patient or out-patient at the NHS Centre for Integrative Care, please take a few moments to leave your review on the Patient Opinion website. You can go to www.patientopinion.org.uk and submit your story www.patientopinion.org.uk/youropinion
At present, we do not have many people sharing their stories about the positive care that they have received at the NHS CIC, which is a real pity. So please try to share your story of why this hospital has helped you, regardless of whether you have received in-patient or out-patient care. However given that the in-patient unit is currently under threat, if you have ever been a patient in the ward, please focus on why this approach was important to your care.
These stories could make all the difference in helping the campaign to try to save the ward from closure and also demonstrate to the staff what a good job they are doing, as their morale is obviously very low at this difficult time, with threats to the future of the ward of the ongoing unique model of care delivered at the hospital. You can also check out a few of the stories that have been submitted to the site about the NHS CIC. www.patientopinion.org.uk/opinions?nacs=G507H
MEDIA UPDATE OF DEMONSTRATION BY MEMBERS OF NHS CIC CAMPAIGN TEAM
We held a successful Demonstration on 4th August, prior to NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde 's Annual Review and we got good coverage in the national press and radio. Please help us by leaving a positive online comment underneath the various articles reporting on the NHS CIC and the demonstration (links copied below). Also submit letters to newspaper letter pages (details below) about the positive care you have experienced. It is quite obvious that many of the negative comments are from our detractors who are sceptical about this approach and certainly do not know anything about the model of care delivered at the NHS CIC or the very positive benefits to patients. Please therefore leave comments about your positive experiences about the hospital and ensure that a more accurate representation is recognised by celebrating what the hospital achieves by being a Centre of Excellence in the provision of exemplary NHS care for patients with long-term, chronic and often incurable degenerative conditions. Many of those referred to the NHS CIC, have found the current conventional bio-medical approach has not helped them, and many have exhausted all other orthodox treatments available, and therefore totally rely on the NHS CIC ward and other services. So please don't let this 'lifeline' and 'vital service' be taken away from the people who benefit from this approach to care and will continue to need access.
The National email: email@example.com
Scottish Daily Mail email: firstname.lastname@example.org or
Evening Times email: email@example.com
The Herald email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Scottish Daily Express email: email@example.com
The Scotsman email: firstname.lastname@example.org
CONTACT THE NHS CENTRE FOR INTEGRATIVE CARE CAMPAIGN TEAM
You can share your ideas on how to help the Campaign by emailing The Campaign Team by putting 'campaign info' in subject bar and email email@example.com
CONTACT THE FRIENDS OF CENTRE FOR INTEGRATIVE CARE, GLASGOW
You could consider joining the hospital Friends, volunteer some time or could possibly make a donation to help the provision of services and equipment at the hospital that the NHS does not provide.
You can contact The Friends by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org Scottish Charity NO SCO: 023842
PRESS (4th & 5th August 2016):
Patients mount a desperate plea to save Glasgow homeopathic hospital from NHS cuts
'We've been abandoned by the NHS': Protestors voice their anger towards proposed cuts to crucial health services
Campaigners from under-threat NHS services will protest in Glasgow today
Video: Protesters gather outside flagship Glasgow hospital
Mother of terminally ill child confronts Health Secretary Shona Robison over children's ward closure plan
Protestors challenge SNP over £69m cuts at Scotland's largest health board
Union Hits out at Health Board Cuts - 5th August 2016
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