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Preparations Underway to Deliver Vision for the Vale

August 18, 2009 3:38 PM

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Detailed preparations are now underway to fully implement NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde’s plans to assure a busy and vital future for the Vale of Leven Hospital.

Earlier this summer the Cabinet Secretary for Health and Wellbeing gave the green light to the health board’s ‘Vision for the Vale’, which ensures that vital health services will stay at the Vale of Leven Hospital.

Approval means that key local services which would have been lost under previous proposals will now be safeguarded and improved.

Medical and clinical staff together with health planners will be involved in the necessary planning to make the vision a reality.

The detailed preparations necessary are likely to take around nine months.

Once in place the new services will bring 18,350 additional patient attendances to the Vale, in turn ensuring that fewer local people will need to travel elsewhere for hospital care. In addition we will sustain over 70% of unscheduled medical admissions and ensure an ongoing commitment to provide swift assessment and treatment for people who experience sudden illness.

As part of the planning arrangements the Board aims to establish a monitoring group by September. To include local representatives and service users and carers the group will be charged with overseeing the development and delivery of the plans.

Jane Grant, NHSGGC’s Chief Operating Officer for the Acute Division, said: “An enormous amount of detailed planning is now necessary to lay the foundations for the Vale’s exciting new future. Over the next nine months my team, in partnership with the newly established monitoring group, will work with clinical staff to prepare for and ensure the effective implementation of our plans for the hospital. As part of their work we will be carrying out significant promotion of current and future services to ensure that local people know what services are and will be available and how they can be accessed.”

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