The showpiece Forth Valley Royal Hospital has been given its annual ‘health check’ by bosses.
Alex Linkston, chairman of NHS Forth Valley, invited health secretary Alex Neil to tour the £300 million facility in Larbert then host a question and answer session with the public and local patient care groups as part of the review.
They visited the award-winning women and children’s unit where a ‘buddying system’ designed to improve the monitoring of babies during labour by electronically recording the heartbeat is in use.
Mr Neil also met sister midfwife Debbie Forbes, whose methods have the potential to improve safety in baby wards across the country.
He said: “The unit is a fantastic example of how staff can make a big difference to the experience that mums and families have. With more choice, a better environment for women to give birth and a continuous focus on safety the team here have already seen some wonderful results.”
Mr Linkston said in 2013 “significant” progress had been made in a number of areas with performance in some exceeding Scottish Government targets.
Former chief executive Professor Fiona Mackenzie praised staff for their efforts and added: “A number of actions have been taken to help reduce waiting times, including recruiting additional staff, organising extra clinics and increasing theatre time. A wide range of savings plans, including a very successful prescribing incentive scheme, were introduced across the organisation and we were able to deliver a balanced budget in March, a significant achievement in a very difficult financial environment, and we expect these measures to improve performance over the coming year.”