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Readers rally for hospital

A hospital unit facing closure is the subject of a rescue campaign from the Paisley Daily Express.

The maternity unit at the Royal Alexandra Hospital is under threat.

The hospital delivers more than 2,000 babies a year and the threatened closure is just one of the ideas proposed by NHS bosses in a maternity review.

Local celebrities and politicians have given their support to the campaign and a petition has been set up in a bid to secure the unit’s future.

Local television presenter Dougie Vipond, who fronts Sportscene, told of his shock at the threatened closure of the unit where his two sons were born – and gave his full support.

He said: “Angus is only 11 weeks old and I have vivid memories of the way the staff at Paisley Maternity looked after us. My wife, Elizabeth was made really comfortable and the midwives were great.”

Nursing sister Anne Duffy said: “We would urge mums, dads, grannies and grandpas to sign the individual petition in the Paisley Daily Express calling on health chiefs not to close Paisley Maternity.”

Politicians including councillor Tommy Williams are also involved.

He said: “We view the service it provides as being vital for the well being of the area, especially for all the mothers and children who receive first class care there.”

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