Unhealthy situation in village

Cllr Charles Kennedy at proposed housing development site. Campsie View, Kirkintilloch 18.3.11 Picture by Jamie Forbes
Cllr Charles Kennedy at proposed housing development site. Campsie View, Kirkintilloch 18.3.11 Picture by Jamie Forbes

NHS chiefs have been accused of leaving a village without a dedicated health visitor.

The health visitor for Lennoxtown is currently on maternity leave but no like-for-like replacement has been brought in.

Residents now fear that the service - which helps those who are expecting a baby, or who have recently had a child is being overstretched.

Now Campsie and Kirkintilloch North councillor Charles Kennedy has written to NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde chairman Robert Calderwood demanding an explanation.

Councillor Kennedy said: “Apparently her post is being covered by other health visitors from Kirkintilloch and surrounding areas, despite the fact that they have a very heavy workload as well.

“Lennoxtown has pockets of quite severe deprivation and the involvement of the health visitor in the family life of many people in Lennoxtown is critical and vital for the future.

“I am extremely concerned given the fact that the health visitor who has been allocated in Lennoxtown has gone off on maternity leave and no efforts have been made to replace her on a permanent basis during her period of absence.”

He added: “In expressing my concern I do so on behalf of constituents who are extremely worried about the situation, although a number have acknowledged the fact that those who are coming from Kirkintilloch on a temporary basis are, of course, acting in a very professional and very caring manner.

“Nevertheless, it seems to me astonishing that in an area such as Lennoxtown has been left without a health visitor when the existing health visitor’s pregnancy would have been known about for some considerable time.”

A spokesperson for NHSGGC said: “The service at Lennoxtown is being covered and any family which requires a health visitor is being allocated one. The details of this are operational and are being managed by the Community Health Partnership. If the local council has any concerns we would ask them to get in touch with us directly.”