Jackie Baillie, MSP for Dumbarton Constituency, has written to NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde to express her anger that a local Vale of Leven resident was referred to East Kilbride for an Out of Hours GP appointment, despite living within walking distance of the Vale of Leven hospital.
The local resident was left confused after speaking with an NHS 24 operator who, after identifying a need for further medical attention, suggested that she attend the Out of Hours service at the University Hospital Hairmyres, East Kilbride. This would be a 60 mile round trip for the resident who lived within walking distance of the Vale of Leven Hospital’s Out of Hours department.
Jackie Baillie, who has repeatedly fought for proper support and funding for the Vale of Leven Out of Hours service has said that this highlights the deep issues that still exist, despite NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde indicating just last week that the problems were all being resolved.
Jackie Baillie MSP said:
“I am angry and disappointed to learn that local Vale of Leven residents are being sent as far away as East Kilbride to access an Out of Hours GP.
“This situation highlights the extent to which the Vale of Leven Out of Hours service is not functioning as it should be despite the health board claiming that the problems are being resolved.
“Local people cannot be expected to travel such distances to see a GP. Greater Glasgow and Clyde has a duty of care to these residents which it is currently not meeting. I have written to the Chief Executive to demand answers for the shambolic running of such a vital local service.”