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Changes to Birthing Services in the Vale of Leven Community Maternity Unit

What is our proposal?

NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde (NHS GGC) is considering making changes to how it provides midwife led labour and birthing services at the Vale of Leven Community Maternity Unit.

We are not proposing to close the Vale of Leven Community Maternity Unit. All ante natal and post natal services will remain and continue to be provided. 

The proposed change is to transfer midwife led birthing services from the Vale of Leven Community Maternity Unit to the Community Maternity Unit, Royal Alexandra Hospital, Paisley. Women will continue to have the option of having a home birth.

You can find out more about our proposal in our Information Leaflet.

The background to the proposal is also available in Board Paper 16/45 (overview and appendix).

Informing and Engaging process

The informing and engagement process began on 1 September 2016 and will run for three months, until the 5th December 2016.  The focus of the engagement will be on women who have or may use the Community Maternity Unit but the process will also enable the wider public to express their views.

This engagement process is designed to provide people and communities who may be potentially affected the opportunity to:

  • Be informed of the proposal to transfer birthing services from the Vale of Leven Community Maternity Unit
  • Be provided with clear information which explains the reasons why we are proposing these changes and understand what it will mean for women who may be affected by them
  • Have their say about the proposal to transfer birthing services from the Vale of Leven Community Maternity Unit

A dedicated Patient Experience, Public Involvement Manager, Laura Nixon, will be facilitating this engagement process. As part of our engagement process, we formed a Stakeholder Reference Group to provide advice on how best to tell people about our proposal and how we find out what they think about it. 

Tell us what you think:

We welcome your thoughts and comments on our proposal to transfer birthing services from Vale of Leven Community Maternity Unit. There are a number of ways you can get involved to have your say as an individual, group or organisation by:

Email:              [email protected]

Writing to us:    Patient Experience Public Involvement and Quality, 4th Floor West                              Glasgow ACH, Dalnair Street, Glasgow, G3 8SJ

You can also contact Laura Nixon, Patient Experience Public Involvement Manager if you would to discuss or comment on the proposal by:

Email:                          [email protected]

Telephone Number:       0141 201 0369

The closing date for all comments on this proposal will be Monday 5th December 2016. We will then collate all the feedback we have heard during the engagement process and provide a report on the findings to the Board of NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde. They will use this report to inform their decision on the proposed changes to birthing services at Vale of Leven Community Maternity Unit.