Vale of Leven Monitoring Group
Media Releases / Statements / 2011 - 29/11/10

Consultant-Led New Care Model a Success

A major element in the long-term vision for the future of  Vale of Leven Hospital has  been successfully implemented.

And the chairman of the group set up to monitor progress of the radical plans for the Dunbartonshire hospital today said he was “delighted” with the way things were going.

The consultant-led new care model at the Vale only went live on December 13. But members of the Vale Monitoring Group were today told that the transition had been “successful”.

NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde's Chief Operating Officer, Jane Grant, added that the initial signs were it was making good progress.

Members of the monitoring group also heard how other key sectors of the Vision were progressing.

The Minor Injuries Unit continued to function “strongly and effectively”; the Vision had been delivered with regard to rehabilitation services, and work was continuing to repatriate patients to clinics and theatre lists at the Vale.

There were some sectors where patient numbers were lower than hoped for, but investigations were ongoing to discover the reasons for these figures.

Councillor Vivien Dance said that while patient activity numbers in services such as neurology, Community dentistry and obstetrics were disappointing, there was some “very good news” for patients in other sectors.

Councillor Dance suggested that the Monitoring Group should examine the level of complaints being made to the health board about facilities and services at the Vale, and it was agreed that  details would be provided for future meetings.

Some concerns were expressed about the patient transfer service and the facilities at the Royal Alexandria Hospital.

However, members of the Monitoring Group were unanimous in their appreciation of the work done by the service during some of the worst weather conditions ever experienced.

Other developments reported to the group's meeting in the West Dunbartonshire Council offices included the news that work was continuing on design and development for the Alexandria Health and Care Centre. Members were also told that work had begun laying the foundations for the new Helensburgh Ambulance Station.

Monitoring Group Chairman Bill Brackenridge commented: “We continue to see good progress being made in many areas of the Vision for the Vale.  It's encouraging to see so many strands of the plan coming together in this way – and the figures show that there is a clear demand for the wide range of services being provided at the Vale of Leven Hospital.

The next meeting of the group will be held in Helensburgh's Victoria Halls on Monday, March 28.

The group's meetings are open to the public, but anybody wanting to find out more about the work of the Monitoring Group can read  minutes of  its meetings,  papers and statistics issued to  members – and  details of services currently provided – and planned - for Vale of Leven Hospital on the website:


Issued on behalf of the Vale of Leven Monitoring Group by Logan Taylor.
Press inquiries about the group should be directed to Logan on 07790-137222; 0141-647-8065, or e-mail to


NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde's Vision for the Vale strategy followed lengthy public consultation.  Key recommendations include:

Introduction of a Consultant-led, GP supported model to deliver unscheduled medical care in order to maintain at least 70% of current activity;
Sustaining the Vale's Minor Injuries Unit;
Continued delivery of rehabilitation services;
A new, purpose-built Medical Centre.

The Monitoring Group is charged with overseeing the development and delivery of the 'Vision for the Vale' plans, in co-operation with NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde and NHS Highland.

Monitoring Group membership:

Chairman: Bill Brackenridge,  Argyll and Bute Community Health Partnership
Groups represented:
Argyll &  Bute CHP
West Dunbartonshire CHP
NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde
NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde Mental Health Partnership
MSP: Jackie Baillie
Argyll and Bute Council
West Dunbartonshire Council
Argyll & Bute Public Partnership Forum
West Dunbartonshire PPF
Helensburgh & Lomond Patients Group
United Campaigns Group
West Dunbartonshire Mental Health Forum