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MINISTER TO OPEN BAILLIESTON HEALTH CENTRE

September 14, 2005 9:00 AM

Andy Kerr, Minister for Health and Community Care, will officially open the £1.7 million upgraded and expanded Baillieston Health Centre on Tuesday, 13 September 2005 at 9.30am.

The Centre has undergone a major refurbishment and extension programme, to improve and increase the range of facilities and services for local patients.

These include:

  • a new physiotherapy gym to assess and treat patients
  • two new podiatry rooms
  • a health education room
  • seven additional consulting rooms for GPs
  • one new interview room
  • an additional treatment room
  • a new dental surgery
  • a redesigned pharmacy area to provide greater privacy
  • a new seminar room
  • a new car park
  • a new reception area
  • a new entrance which has been adapted to improve access for disabled people

A counselling room has also been created to enable the expansion of the primary care mental health team. GPs and other health professionals based within the centre can directly refer patients to the counselling service for support and advice.

Visiting services also have access to the improved accommodation and facilities. These include money advice services, community psychiatric nursing services and anticoagulant (blood testing and monitoring) services.

Andy Kerr, Minister for Health and Community Care said:

"Baillieston Health Centre is an excellent example of modern accessible facilities specifically upgraded and expanded to benefit patients and staff.

"The health centre here at Baillieston fits well with the NHS Scotland strategy to provide as many services, as local as possible.

"The increased range of facilities here will ensure that local people can access quality treatment close to home. It is great to see NHS Greater Glasgow delivering efficient focused care to the local community."

Sir John Arbuthnott, Chairman of NHS Greater Glasgow, said: "This investment at Baillieston Health Centre is a further sign of our ongoing commitment to improve local health services and facilities across Greater Glasgow.

"Baillieston is an excellent example of how an existing health centre can be adapted to ensure it continues to meet the needs of local patients and staff."

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