From today, Mon 25 January, the GP Out of Hours Service at the Vale of Leven Hospital will now be available during evenings (Monday to Thursday, 6pm – 11pm) in addition to overnight (Monday to Sunday, 11pm – 11am).
The expansion of the service marks a commitment from NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde to provide the community with a full GP Out of Hours Service from the end of March onwards, providing appropriate staffing measures can be put in place. The fully reinstated service will cover evenings, overnight and weekends.
The arrangement has been made possible following a number of positive discussions between NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde and local GPs who will staff the service as part of the hospital’s Integrated Care GP team (ICGP).
The ICGP team will also continue to deliver other vital out of hours medical cover across the Vale, including the Medical Assessment Unit, the Minor Injuries Unit, the admissions ward and the inpatient wards.
Patients should only use the service if they require urgent GP care and their normal practice is not open. In line with GP Out of Hours services across NHSGGC, patients should make an appointment through NHS24 by calling 111.
Susan Manion, Interim Chief Officer for GP Out of Hours Services, said: “We know how important it is for the local community to have a GP Out of Hours service on its doorstep and we’re pleased to have been able to bolster the overnight service with the addition of a Monday – Thursday evening service.
“We are able to deliver this thanks to the integrated care team at the Vale, who are able to deliver excellent quality care across a range of services, and our local GP leaders who have been working hard to establish arrangements with GPs in the area.
“Their support means we’re in position to engage with local GPs to come and join the service and as we move to reintroduce a full, robust and sustainable long-term proposition for GP Out of Hours.”
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