Wester Moffat has come top of the latest scoring exercise to help determine a site for the new Monklands Hospital.
The Airdrie farmland site scored a total of 195.74 points in the postal scoring exercise carried out during July and August with 400 patients and staff rating the merits of the three potential locations.
It came ahead of the former steelworks site at Gartcosh, which received 194.12; while the other Airdrie site at Glenmavis received a rating of 156.84.
NHS Lanarkshire is now seeking public opinion on the option appraisal – with officials stressing: “The site scores do not represent a decision by the board on the location of the new University Hospital Monklands.”
The public consultation period begins today and runs until midnight on October 18, allowing an opportunity for “the public, staff and other stakeholders to give their views”.
Colin Lauder, the health board’s director of planning, property and performance, said: “The option appraisal process has produced a score for each of the sites – but it is important to note that no decision has been made at this stage on the final choice for the hospital’s location.
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“There are several other factors that require to be considered by the NHS Lanarkshire board before they recommend a preferred site option to the cabinet secretary for health, who will make a final decision.
“A key element will be the views we receive about the option appraisal process and its outcome, so we’d encourage the community and our NHS Lanarkshire colleagues to give us their opinions during the feedback period.”
The full option appraisal report and supporting information have been published on the Monklands replacement project webpage; while an update to the Fairer Scotland Duty assessment – which requires NHS Lanarkshire to consider the socio-economic impact of the hospital’s relocation – will be added during October.
Mr Lauder added: “The feedback received between now and October 18 will be considered by the board alongside a range of other factors, including all the information we gathered during our public engagement work earlier this year.”
Feedback can be emailed to [email protected], submitted by phone by calling 01236 713348 or sent to Freepost RTEJ-HZLK-AETZ, Communications Department, NHS Lanarkshire, Kirklands, Fallside Road, Bothwell G71 8BB.