VIRUS: WHY NOT MAKE USE OF EMPTY BEDS AT VALE?

Vale of Leven Hospital; Health Board chief exec Jane Grant and Jackie Baillie MSP.

By Bill Heaney

Jackie Baillie, MSP for Dumbarton, Vale of Leven, Lomond and Helensburgh, has called on NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde to take advantage of the additional bed capacity at the Vale of Leven hospital to deal with the increased pressure on the health service during the current Covid-19 pandemic.

During previous bouts of widespread ill-health, such as flu outbreaks in the winter months, the Vale of Leven hospital’s empty wards were used by the Health Board to provide beds for the increased number of individuals needing to be hospitalised.

Jackie Baillie MSP is meeting with the Jane GRant, Chief Executive of NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde, on Friday (20/03/20) to urge the health board to once again use the resources available at the Vale of Leven hospital.

She said: “This will benefit not only those in the immediate surrounding area but patients throughout the health board as it helps to deal with the pressure due to the pandemic.”

The MSP added: “Now is the time for NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde to take full advantage of the spare bed capacity offered by the Vale of Leven hospital. The Greater Glasgow and Clyde area currently has the highest number of confirmed Coronavirus cases and these numbers will only continue to rise.

“The Health Board must act now to ensure that there is enough space for patients to receive proper care and attention. It would be irresponsible to leave wards at the Vale of Leven hospital lying empty when larger hospitals across Scotland are nearing full capacity.

“I am meeting the Chief Executive of the health board on Friday and I will be urging the board to act now to combat the problem of a lack of hospital capacity. The health of patients is paramount and it is vital that the health board does everything in its power to provide the best standard of care possible. That means opening up the Vale so that it can operate at full capacity.”

 

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