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The hospital has its origins in the Henry Brock Hospital which opened in a converted private house in 1924.[1] After the Second World War it was decided to commission a purpose-built facility:[2] the new hospital was designed by Keppie Henderson & J L Gleave and built on a site adjacent to Henry Brock Cottage Hospital between 1951 and 1955.[1]


The hospital has 92 inpatient beds as well as a Minor Injuries Unit.[3] The hospital has approximately 47 births per year and has full accreditation as baby friendly, since 2006.[4] This is down from 900 births per year in 2002.[5]


An Inquiry was set up by Scottish Ministers to investigate the occurrence of C. difficile infection at the hospital from 1 January 2007 onwards. The Inquiry published its final report on 24 November 2014.[6][7] The findings of the inquiry were considered by the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges and Faculties in Scotland, when they produced a report in July 2015, entitled “Learning from serious failings in care”.[8][9]


  1. ^ a b "Vale of Leven Hospital, the first new NHS hospital in Britain". Historic Hospitals. Retrieved 20 January 2019.
  2. ^ "Hospital fight stepped up". BBC News. 6 May 2000. Retrieved 20 January 2019.
  3. ^ "More patients using Vale of Leven Hospital's Minor Injuries Unit". Daily Record. 16 April 2018. Retrieved 20 January 2019.
  4. ^ "Baby Friendly accreditation: Vale of Leven District General Hospital". Baby Friendly Initiative. Retrieved 30 June 2015.
  5. ^ "Staff shortage shuts maternity unit". BBC News. 24 October 2002.
  6. ^ "Vale of Leven C. diff inquiry criticises health board". BBC News. 24 November 2014.
  7. ^ "The Vale of Leven Hospital Inquiry". Scottish Government. Retrieved 30 June 2015.
  8. ^ "NHS accused of 'systemic failings'". Edinburgh News. 10 July 2015. Retrieved 12 July 2015.
  9. ^ "Report warns patients put at risk by failings in NHS". Herald Scotland. 10 July 2015. Retrieved 12 July 2015.

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