Lanarkshire's health board has apologised after a patient was questioned by staff on why they were not being treated in Glasgow.

Rutherglen and Cambuslang residents are eligible to be seen in either Glasgow or Lanarkshire hospitals due to the position of the towns.

However, Lanarkshire Live has spoken to the family of a patient who was sent for physio in East Kilbride after suffering a broken leg.

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When attending his clinic appointment, the Cathkin man was questioned on why he was attending an East Kilbride centre, and informed Rutherglen patients should be covered by Glasgow.

The staff member later apologised for the remarks.

A family member of the man affected told us: "It was a shocking thing to say to someone who was there for treatment, and it wasn't accurate.

"He had been told to go there by the health board.

"He was directly told that his postcode came under Glasgow and that he should have been sent there, and that it was people in the likes of East Kilbride and Hamilton that were meant to be prioritised there.

"It makes you worry that people in Rutherglen are getting stuck in the middle and aren't a priority because of their postcode.

"The health board situation is confusing and unhelpful. My mum gets treated in both hospitals in Glasgow and Lanarkshire, and gets shuffled between the two sometimes."

Issues regarding Rutherglen and which health board it falls under have continued for years.

The area fell under the remit NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde (NHSGGC), but was managed by NHS Lanarkshire through the South Lanarkshire Community Health Partnership until 2014, when it was officially switched to NHS Lanarkshire.

However patients already being treated via NHSGGC continued their services there, meaning a number of patients are referred to Glasgow, while others may be sent to Lanarkshire.

A spokesman for NHS Lanarkshire said: "Patients in the area of Cathkin can be referred to either NHS Lanarkshire or NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde and should be treated with the same care and attention no matter there they are seen.

"Prioritisation is always based on clinical need and not on postcode so please pass on our apologies to any patient who has experienced any comments from our staff about attending an NHS Lanarkshire service.

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