NHS Lanarkshire are consulting on transferring orthopaedic (hip, knee & shoulder) surgery from the Hairmyres Hospital to the new Monklands Hopsital when it opens in 2028. What do you think? Do you agree? NHS Lanarkshire are organising an onlinbe event on 2 September and also have a survey open until 15 September. Please make your views known.


NHS Lanarkshire are holding a virtual public event on Thursday, 2 September as part of its engagement on proposals for the future provision of elective (planned) orthopaedic surgery.

The stakeholder event, on the Microsoft Teams online meeting platform, will run from 7-8pm and will include a presentation and question-and-answer session.


To receive the meeting link, please register to attend, with “public meeting” in the subject line of your email, providing your name, daytime contact number, email address if you have one and the first part of your postcode:

o    email – ortho.engagement@lanarkshire.scot.nhs.uk

o    phone – 01236 713348

Please also indicate if you require British Sign Language interpretation.


Elective orthopaedics is planned surgery primarily to replace the main bony joints, such as hip, knee and shoulders, and for repairs to the associated tissue.

NHS Lanarkshire’s preferred option, proposed by officers of the health board, is to transfer this service from its current location at University Hospital Hairmyres in East Kilbride to the new University Hospital Monklands, at Wester Moffat, when it opens around 2028.

The engagement process, launched last month, is seeking the views of stakeholders before a final decision is made.

An outline business case for the new University Hospital Monklands is expected to be submitted for approval to the Scottish Government by the end of this year, meaning a decision is needed now on whether or not provision of elective orthopaedic surgery should be part of the business case.

The engagement process is running until 15 September 2021. To help inform feedback, we’d urge people to take the opportunity to read the handy engagement guide and frequently asked questions on our webpage.

PLEASE GET INVOLVED – engagement running until 15 September 2021

 In addition to the public event on 2 September, stakeholders can get involved by: 

(a) completing the online survey – https://nhslanarkshire.engage-360.co.uk/surveys/4

(b) contacting NHS Lanarkshire direct with your comments or questions – or if you need a paper copy of the survey:

o    email – ortho.engagement@lanarkshire.scot.nhs.uk

o    phone – 01236 713348;

o    Write to – FREEPOST RTEJ-HZLK-AETZ, Communications Dept, NHS Lanarkshire, Kirklands, Fallside Road, Bothwell, G71 8BB


 Visit the dedicated engagement webpage