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Vale Vision Unveiled

September 16, 2008 4:25 PM

The Board of NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde (NHSGGC) has today outlined its future vision for the Vale of Leven Hospital campus and launched a detailed process to seek the views of the public on this vision.

NHSGGC’s ambitious plans sees the hospital continuing to play a central role in the provision of NHS care to local people – with even more patients being seen and treated than at present.

The Board has committed to invest in a range of new services which would mean an extra 16,000 patient appointments being delivered locally – services which are currently provided from either Glasgow or Paisley.

Other key services planned for the campus include a rehabilitation service, a Day Hospital for Older People, elderly mental health services, a brand-new purpose-built Medical Centre for Alexandria costing in the region of £17million and a brand-new £15million Care Home.

Over the next six weeks, the Board will also engage with a wide range of staff, GPs and the Scottish Ambulance Service to develop a model of unscheduled care, which will seek to allow as many of the 6,000 patients that currently attend the hospital’s medical assessment unit to continue to be treated at the Vale. This will be in addition to the 19,000 patients who are seen every year at the hospital by either the Minor Injuries Unit or the Primary Care Emergency Service.

All these services, together with the retention of the Community Midwifery Unit and the commitment for the programme of positive publicity for its services, will represent a significant increase in activity at the Vale of Leven campus.

A six-week pre-consultation exercise will now get underway, the outcome of which will help shape consultation proposals for public scrutiny between November and the end of January 2009.

Tom Divers, Chief Executive, said: “This vision sets out an ambitious plan for the Vale of Leven campus which will end years of uncertainty for staff patient and hospital supporters and see the Vale continue to be a vibrant and busy NHS site.

“So often when we go out to consultation the focus is on what services we cannot sustain. The vision outlined today sets out the full range of services that we want to develop and deliver, backed with a programme of investment, from the Vale of Leven site.

“We look forward to engaging with staff and the local community to develop these plans for an exciting and sustainable future for the Vale.”

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For further information please contact the Press Office on 0141 201 4429.

To view the full board paper please follow the link below.

http://www.nhsggc.org.uk/content/default.asp?page=s109_9_8

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