Date lodged: 23 January 2017
To ask the Scottish Government whether the Vale of Leven Community Maternity Unit, as it currently operates, would constitute a "local community hub" recommended by the review of maternity and neonatal services.
Answered by: Shona Robison 3 February 2017
As was detailed in the answer to S5W-06448 on 3 February 2017, the community hubs will not be one standard model. It is anticipated that a number of the community hubs will utilise accommodation currently housing freestanding midwifery units, while others may be located in community premises or other public sector premises. It will be for Health boards to make those planning decisions.
NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde have been clear that they will take full account of the National Maternity and Neonatal Services Review before progressing any proposals to change maternity services in Inverclyde and at the Vale of Leven. It was established in December that these proposals – if taken forward – would represent major service change. As such, no decisions have been made. These proposals – if taken forward - must still subject to formal public consultation and, ultimately, Ministerial approval.
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