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Rehabilitation and Older Peoples Services

The provision of a comprehensive Rehabilitation service on the Vale of Leven site is a key element in our Vision for the Hospital.   Older people who have been first admitted to either medicine, medicine for the elderly, surgery or orthopaedics may require a further period of time in hospital to allow them to be fit for discharge. This care is called ‘rehabilitation’ and it should be delivered as close to people’s homes and families as possible.   As is currently the case, patients requiring inpatient rehabilitation care will continue to have a named rehabilitation consultant responsible for their care. In future, we propose that day-to-day care will be provided by the medical workforce covering the rest of the Hospital. There are currently 59 rehabilitation beds at the Vale of Leven Hospital but a number of these are often occupied by general medical patients. In the future we propose to have a total of 37 rehabilitation beds and retain the 4 beds for older people needing continuing care.   In addition to inpatient services, there will also continue to be consultant led outpatient clinics and a day hospital for elderly people provided on the Vale site. We are also exploring the development of a palliative (end of life) care service to the Vale of Leven.