What is the projected financial investment for the next five years for the Vale of Leven Hospital? What is the absolute commitment within that financial investment during that period?
As you will be aware, on 19th August, the NHS Board considered the outcomes of public consultations which were linked to provision of the Community Maternity Unit (CMU) and Mental Health services at the Vale of Leven. There was unanimous endorsement of a proposal to maintain the Vale’s CMU for a further three years and to initiate a marketing plan aimed at increasing the number of births there during that period.
The Board also agreed to defer a decision on Mental Health services and to take the issues under consideration into a new consultation process.
This process will centre on developing a long-term, sustainable plan for the future of the Vale of Leven Hospital. We envisage this will comprise of the CMU and proposals recently put forward by the recent Independent Review Panel for a new model of unscheduled medical care that would allow the majority of existing patients, those not dependent on emergency care underpinned by anaesthetic services, to continue receiving their care at the hospital.
We would also propose bringing new services to the hospital, such oral and dental health, additional renal services capacity and outpatient, diagnostic and day care provision for urology, rheumatology and gastroenterology. In addition, there is the opportunity to invest £17 million in a new Primary Care centre to be built on the Vale of Leven campus. In the course of the consultation we would also aim to determine the nature of Mental Health services that would be provided as part of the plan.
Around 100,000 patients currently receive care at the Vale of Leven Hospital each year and, under these proposals, we would foresee similar numbers being treated there well into the future.
These proposals will be brought together into a single, comprehensive vision for the future of the Vale of Leven site. We are currently working through the detail and our intention is to launch consultation later this month for a period of not less than four months.
Following consultation, once the choices for a sustainable Vale of Leven Hospital become clear, and subject to approval by the Cabinet Secretary for Health and Wellbeing, we will be able to determine the investment required to achieve them and will commit ourselves to their delivery.