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NHS Louisa Jordan closes its doors Tonight

As the NHS Louisa Jordan closes its doors, NHS Ayrshire & Arran patients and staff

bid a fond farewell.

The hospital set up to support Scotland’s response to the coronavirus (COVID-19)

pandemic is to close on 31 March, with the mass vaccination centre relocating to

The SSE Hydro.


While the NHS Louisa Jordan was not required to treat COVID-19 patients, since

July 2020 the hospital has played a crucial role in supporting the remobilisation of

NHS Scotland.


Patients needing breast outpatient and dermatology services in Ayrshire and Arran

benefited from the services provided from NHS Louisa Jordan.


Due to increasing waiting times for breast outpatient appointments as a result of the

COVID-19 pandemic, a cohort of patients aged 39 years and under attended NHS

Louisa Jordan for an initial outpatient consultation with the consultant breast

surgeons from NHS Lanarkshire, and consultant radiologists from NHS Ayrshire &

Arran.


Tracy Dalrymple, Assistant General Manager Cancer, Haematology, Breast and

Head and Neck Services, explains: “With clinics running throughout December and

January, this helped to clear the majority of patients on the waiting list aged 39 years

and under. These were patients who because of their age, did not require

mammography, only breast ultrasound.


“By sending this cohort of patients to NHS Louisa Jordan, we could focus on seeing

those patients 40 years and over who were at higher risk of having a cancer

diagnosis.


“We are delighted that we were able to use this facility to ensure our patients were

seen as quickly as possible. This ensured that any required treatment could start

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