Noac­cess toGPu­nit ashealth bosses strug­gle tofind cov­erat week­end

Ma­ter­nity unit once un­der threat is now to be used as pi­lot lo­ca­tion for new mid­wife-led birthing model

Lennox Herald - - NEWS - Lor­raine Weir

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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