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HEALTH MINISTER OPENS EASTERHOUSE COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTRE

October 18, 2004 9:00 AM

Andy Kerr, Minister for Health and Community Care officially opened the £3.5million upgraded and expanded Easterhouse Community Health Centre on Thursday 14th October 2004.

The Centre – which recently scooped the top design award for best public sector building at the 2004 Scottish Design Awards – has been completely transformed by the additional of a new extension, link corridor and reception area.  Funding for the development came from the Scottish Executive's Primary and Community Care Premises Modernisation Programme.

The new extension was created to accommodate additional community health services and link the existing health centre building to the Auchinlea Resource Centre, which provides community mental health services.  A new single entrance with automatic doors and a more spacious open plan reception area was also developed to make the facility more accessible to members of the public.

The new accommodation has allowed a more extensive range of community services to be introduced, including men's health clinics, baby massage and dental care for special needs patients.  New community consulting rooms have also enabled hospital outreach clinics such as spirometry (which measures respiratory function) and anti-coagulant clinics (which monitor the blood level of patients on Warfarin medication) to be provided at the new centre on a regular basis.  These new services will complement existing services provided by GPs, nursing staff and allied health professions (such as podiatrists and physiotherapists). 

Robert Peat, Eastern Local Health Care Co-operative General Manager, said; "We developed the new Centre very much in conjunction with users of our services and we think this has been key to its success.  By pulling mental health services and community health services together, we can work together to ultimately provide improved services for our patients."

Andy Kerr, Minister for Health and Community Care, said:

"This is an excellent example of how local services are being delivered in a local healthcare setting.  These are the right services being delivered in the right place.  I am please to see that local patients will reap the benefits of this excellent investment.

"The extension houses both general dental practitioner and community dental services who are now able to provide better and joined up dental treatment to patients.  As part of our initiative to improve training for students by bringing it directly into the community, it also house facilities for outreach training for dental students.

"Not only does the centre now provide GP and dental services, it also now houses the Greater Easterhouse Money Advice and vital mental health services.  I congratulate all those involved in bringing these vital services together to deliver better healthcare for the people of Easterhouse."

Media Contact:
Elsbeth Campbell
(0141) 211 3891

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