Welcome to our December Vale newsletter.

This issue brings you the latest news from NHSGGC in relation to the Vale, as well as the West Dunbartonshire HSCP.

Local school pupils have helped make Christmas brighter for hospital patients while the work of some of our dedicated staff has been recognised in the Scottish Parliament.

We have the latest updates on how services will move forward into 2023 and important information about opening times for pharmacies over the New Year period.

All the best for the New year from everyone at NHSGGC.

Primary pupils’ presents for patients

Local primary school pupils were busier than Santa’s elves this year in a bid to make the festive season better for patients.

Primaries 6 and 7 at St Patrick’s in Dumbarton, working towards their Pope Francis Faith Awards, collected boxes of chocolates which went to inpatients at the Vale of Leven hospital over the festive period.

Clinical Services Manager Margaret O’Rourke said: “The team at the Vale of Leven Hospital are delighted that the pupils of St Patrick’s have chosen to bring some Christmas cheer to our patients.

“The gifts added a touch of sparkle to Christmas Day for patients.

“We wish the pupils well as they work towards their Pope Francis Award.”

Picture: Colin Garvie/Lennox Herald

Moving forward together for the Vale

Staff at the Vale of Leven Hospital have treated more than 15,000 patients through the site’s Minor Injuries Unit and Medical Assessment Unit in the last year, exceeding the expectation set out in NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde’s Vision for the Vale plan.

The Health Board published its strategy for the site in 2008, which outlined how the Vale would be continue to be a vibrant and busy hospital, providing a range of important services to the local community.

Part of that plan included ensuring that, where appropriate and possible, services for residents of the local area were delivered at the Vale, rather than at another NHSGGC site.

As well as the success in planned care, a recent meeting between the board and the site’s Hospitalwatch group also highlighted an increase in activity in general surgery, orthopaedics, endoscopy and ENT as well as the new urology and ophthalmology services.

Following the success of the Vision for the Vale plan, ongoing work relating to the site will continue through the Health Board’s Moving Forward Together strategy.

Melanie McColgan, NHSGGC’s Director for Clyde, said: “The Vale plays a central role in delivering health services for NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde, and I am glad that we were able to demonstrate our continuing commitment to the hospital and its services.

“We were pleased to be able to present the work that has been done in our recent meeting with Hospitalwatch and representatives for the community and we will continue to work closely with them, as we continue to implement our Moving Forward Together strategy.”

Further commitments, made in 2008, including existing general medicine outpatient and day patient services remaining at the Vale have also been delivered.

William Edwards, NHSGGC’s Chief Operating Officer, said: “We know how highly regarded the Vale is in the local community and we are pleased to see so much progress has been made through the Vision for the Vale.

“I would like to take this opportunity to thank our dedicated staff for their continued hard work and dedication to their community. I would also like to thank those from Hospitalwatch for the continued support they show for the Vale of Leven Hospital and local community.”

Jim Moohan from Hospitalwatch said: “Once again we had a very constructive meeting with senior staff from the Health Board to discuss the present position of the Vale of Leven Hospital and our views of taking it forward to sustain services and improve the quality of life for the community.

“We look forward to having a constructive dialogue with the Health Board on how we can take forward the work that has been done in the Vision for the Vale. We will continue to work together with the Health Board for the people of the community of West Dunbartonshire.”

Ward 14 team congratulated in Parliamentary motion

The award-winning nursing team at Ward 14 of the Vale of Leven have been recognised in the Scottish Parliament.

Dumbarton MSP Jackie Baillie lodged a motion at Holyrood marking the team’s recent success at the the Wounds UK Excellence Awards, where their innovative ABCD programme, which is helping reduce incidence of ulcers and pressure sores, won a national award.

Jackie Baillie said: “I want to congratulate staff at the Vale of Leven Hospital on the recent win at the Wounds UK Excellence Awards.
It is a fantastic achievement and I am delighted that the hard work which is being undertaken to implement the ABCD approach is maximising time which staff are able to spend with patients.

“To formally acknowledge this achievement, I have lodged a motion with the Scottish Parliament.”

Senior Charge Nurse Sean Chambers said: “It really was a team effort and I’m so proud to say that everyone fully embraced the change from healthcare support workers and registered nurses.

“We are all extremely glad that it’s making a huge difference to patient care on ward 14 and the difference is definitely palpable.”

Pharmacy opening times

Pharmacies in the area are operating special opening times over the New Year period.

Health Centre pharmacies will be closed from from Saturday December 31 untll Wednesday January 4.

You can find a full list of which pharmacies are open and when at (Pharmacy – NHSGGC).

Make sure that you have enough medicines to last you through any days that your local pharmacy is closed.

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