The Vale of Leven Hospital plays an important role in providing health services to communities in West Dunbartonshire, Helensburgh and the Lochside. For the past ten years there has been much debate and uncertainty about the hospital’s future.
NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde have now completed a thorough review of services and are able to describe a Vision for the Hospital which will end the uncertainty faced by our staff, by our patients and local communities.
- New arrangements to sustain 70% to 80% of the 24 hour unplanned medical care currently delivered at the Vale
- The range of planned outpatient, daycase and diagnostic services provided will continue and will be expanded
- More than 18,000 appointments, operations and treatments which patients currently have to travel to Paisley or Glasgow for will, in future, be provided at the Vale
- The Community Maternity Unit will be sustained and promoted
- The Minor Injuries unit which treats 9,000 patients each year will be sustained
- Rehabilitation inpatient services will continue to be provided at the Vale, although the number of beds will reduce
- Inpatient mental health services for older people will be sustained on the site
- A new, purpose-built health and social care centre
For adult mental health inpatient services we describe two future options on which we would also like your feedback. It is vital that we hear your views about all of these proposals.
NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde took on responsibility for the Vale of Leven Hospital in April 2006.
One of our key principles in developing the Vision for the Vale has been to aim to provide high quality and safe services as locally as possible. This is the challenge that has been presented to us by the groups of independent experts that have considered the services offered at the Vale, by community groups in frequent discussions during the past two years, and by our staff who will strive to ensure that anything we do is safe and provides excellent care.
We firmly believe that the Vision we have developed represents the best possible balance between providing local access to high quality services and a requirement to travel for more specialist or intensive care on the occasions when it is required.