The first step towards the long-awaited re-development of Blawarthill Hospital gets underway today with the launch of a series of adverts seeking potential site developers.
As part of the development, the current 60 NHS continuing care beds on the Blawarthill site will be replaced by 60 nursing home beds for frail elderly. The new purpose-built facility will be staffed by NHS clinical staff.
The initiative will also see the development of 60 nursing home beds for social care and sheltered housing units. There will also be an opportunity for mainstream residential development on the site.
The re-development of Blawarthill Hospital, located in the Scotstounhill district of Glasgow, was agreed in October 2000 following an extensive period of public consultation. Since then, joint project partners, NHS Greater Glasgow and Glasgow City Council, have been involved in detailed talks to develop proposals for NHS continuing care, nursing and residential care in a private and public partnership arrangement.
Alex Mackenzie, Assistant Director Community Care, NHS Greater Glasgow said "Ever since the consultation on the future of Blawarthill concluded that the hospital should not close, we have been working closely with colleagues in Glasgow City Council to agree a plan to achieve the right mix of health and social care services on the site.
"This was a very detailed process, involving a number of complex issues, and it has taken us a long time to reach this stage. However I am delighted that we are now in a position to be able to seek expressions of interest in developing the site.
"The re-development of Blawarthill will ensure that the care we provide to this key group of patients will be delivered in modern, fit-for-purpose facilities. This step takes us considerably towards achieving that goal."
Councillor John McKenzie, Convener of Glasgow City Council's Social Care Services Committee, added, "I am delighted that we have reached this important staging post on our plans to redevelop Blawarthill, and we are now on our way to providing the sort of facility that patients both need and expect."
Notes to Editors
The 60 NHS beds on the Blawarthill site will remain in use until the new facilities are ready. Given that patients will continue to be cared for whilst development is ongoing, the building work will be carried out on a phased basis.
The consultation on the future of Blawarthill was launched in April 2000 and proposed that the hospital should close.
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