Va­le­out-of-hours goes­dow­na­gain

Lennox Herald - - NEWS - Lor­raine Weir

A life­line GP ser­vice at theVale of Leven Hospi­tal was again shut at the week­end.

The out-of-hours unit, which pro­vides ac­cess to a doc­tor when the health cen­tre is closed, wasn’t avail­able be­tween 3pm and mid­night on Satur­day.

The de­part­ment has been dogged with prob­lems this year which the health board claims is due to staffing prob­lems.

A spokeswoman for the health board said:“The out-of-hours ser­vice is fac­ing sig­nif­i­cant chal­lenges in staffing the ex­ist­ing eight cen­tres and home vis­it­ing ser­vice for Greater Glas­gow and Clyde pa­tients.

“There have been oc­ca­sions when no GP has been avail­able to cover a spe­cific cen­tre.

“The GP out-of-hours ser­vice at the Vale of Leven Hospi­tal was open the ma­jor­ity of the week­end but we were un­able to staff the ser­vice be­tween 3pm and mid­night on Satur­day.”

The ser­vice is sub­ject to a re­view in re­sponse to a na­tional re­port by Sir Lewis Ritchie.

Fol­low­ing prob­lems staffing the unit last month, Dum­bar­ton MSP Jackie Bail­lie, who backs the Len­nox Her­ald’s Save Our Ser­vices cam­paign, slammed the clo­sures. She said:“Out-of-hours is the most ba­sic ser­vice that should be pro­vided at theVale Hospi­tal and the health board need to get their act to­gether and fix this.”

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