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There was no emergency access to a doctor for the second time in just over two weeks as health chiefs struggled to staff a vitalVale Hospital service.
The GP out-of-hours service was closed at the Alexandria facility, with patients from Dumbarton, theVale and Helensburgh sent to Paisley instead.
The unit shut between 8.30am and 3.45pm on Sunday as there were no doctors available to cover the service which gives people the chance to see a GP when their surgery is closed.
A spokeswoman for NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde told us: “Unfortunately, we continue to have medical staffing issues resulting in us moving GPs from site to site to provide a robust service and reduce any impact on patient care.
“This has affected the out-of-hours GP service at theVale of Leven hospital as well as other centres across Greater Glasgow and Clyde.
“This weekend 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 8.30am and 3.45pm on Sunday.
“NHS24 redirected patients to the Royal Alexandra Hospital GP out-of-hours service.
“We would like to stress that patients should phone NHS24 in order to access the out-of-hours GP service.
“If patients turned up without coming through the recognised system they would have been directed to NHS24 for further advice.
“It is essential that patients contact NHS24 first, in order to receive the correct advice for their condition and to be directed to the appropriate service for their needs.”
The service is currently under review with the recommendation that it will close during the week but remain open during the weekend.
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