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WORK STARTS ON NEW HEALTH AND SOCIAL CARE CENTRE

July 24, 2006 10:00 AM

Work on a one stop shop for health and social care services for Kirkintilloch started this week (Wednesday 19 July 2006) as engineers moved on site, at the former Woodhead House at Industry Street, to carry out ground investigation work.

Kirkintilloch's Initiative (KI), a partnership between East Dunbartonshire Council and NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde, plan to replace the existing Townhead clinic with a new improved centre, combining local health and social care services under one roof.It is just one of many projects KI intend to deliver as part of a £56million regeneration programme for the town.

A series of engineering tests are to be carried out over the next two weeks to check the conditions of the ground.This information will influence the design for the footprint of the new building.It will also help to build a picture of the conditions of the surrounding area of the site to plan for adequate infrastructure, like drainage.

KI has submitted its detailed planning application for the centre.This has taken into consideration discussions with local residents about the need to improve car parking and access arrangements.

Eric Mackay, Community Representative for the Integrated Health and Social Care Centre commented: "A lot of progress has been made over the last few months in taking this project forward and it's great to see work happening on site.The new centre will really help to deliver improved health services for the community that are easily accessible in the one place.Since the closure of Woodilee hospital, the Larkfield Centre has done sterling work for Mental Health in this community. That it is now to be linked with other Community Health providers and Social Work in one Centre should enhance the high standard of care it already provides."

Karen Murray, Director of the new East Dunbartonshire Community Health Partnership which is responsible for delivering local health services in health centres, clinics and schools across East Dunbartonshire, said: "The new integrated centre is an excellent example of joint working between the local council and the NHS which will lead to closer working and better sharing of information between local health and social work staff. This in turn will make it easier and quicker for local people to access the services and support they require."

The new centre, which is scheduled to be open for business by mid 2008, promises to be a busy hub of the regenerated town centre and will offer:

  • Primary and Community Health Care Services (such as district nursing, health visiting, podiatry, physiotherapy, community dentistry, GP, family planning and speech & language therapy)
  • Mental Health and Addiction Services
  • Social Care Services

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For more information contact:

Lynne Veitch, Pagoda Public Relations T: 0131 556 0770 E: [email protected]

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