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Response to Vale of Leven Hospital Unscheduled Medical Care Independent Review Panel Report

August 15, 2008 11:37 AM

NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde Chief Executive, Tom Divers, today welcomed the report from the Independent Review Panel chaired by Professor Chris Dodds (Royal College of Anaesthetists in England) into the future of unscheduled medical care at the Vale of Leven Hospital in Dunbartonshire.

The new model of care they have identified would allow a significant number of patients to continue to get their care at the hospital whilst removing certain types of emergency care that gave us concern about patient safety.

The community hospital approach would see emergency patients who might require the skilled support of anaesthetic staff go directly to an acute general hospital.

Mr Divers said: “It is now for this Board to take forward these new ideas to help inform a consultation that will secure a sustainable and safe long term future for the hospital backed with a programme of investment.

“I today commit to the local community that the Board will rapidly produce proposals for detailed public scrutiny on the future services that can be developed and delivered at the Vale of Leven site. This work will also include proposals for a significant investment in a new purpose built Primary Care Centre on site costing in the region of £17million.”

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