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New Resource Centre for Older People Opens

October 08, 2009 11:05 AM

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The first resource centre in West Dunbartonshire for older people with mental health needs has opened thanks to funding of £200,000 from NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde.

Cairnmhor Resource Centre is in a refurbished area of Dumbarton Joint Hospital and has been developed as a base for a community mental health team.

John Russell, West Dunbartonshire Community Health Partnership’s Head of Mental Health, said: “This exciting development forms a community mental health team for older people in the Dumbarton, Alexandria and Helensburgh area, including those with dementia.

“It accommodates a range of staff, including medical, nursing, occupational therapists, physiotherapists and support workers.

“Other local agencies including Alzheimer Scotland and local authority services will work along side staff at the centre.”

Cairnmhor offers a multi-disciplinary memory clinic and out-patient clinics and will also involve service users and carers in the delivery of services by setting up a range of groups and activities.

A duty service is being provided for people who require same day assessments, where people will be seen either in their own homes or in a clinic.

It will be supported by the Crisis Team and Out of Hours Service, enabling 24 hour access to services seven days a week.

In addition the centre will also house community addiction services.

Rani Dhir, Chair of the CHP, said: “Cairnmhor will deliver collaborative services between different agencies in a one-stop shop set up and easily accessible by local communities.

“The centre will have an important impact on the quality of life for the patient group it will serve thanks to this multi-disciplinary approach.”

Bill Clark, Executive Director of West Dunbartonshire Council’s Social Work Services said: “The opening of this facility is a major step forward in providing excellent care for our elderly residents suffering from a range of mental health issues. Services that improve the lives of our elderly people are a step in the right direction and it is important we continue to provide the support and treatment our elderly residents rightly deserve.”

And Cllr Jonathan McColl said he was delighted this important service was now available locally. He said: “For this group of elderly residents it is especially important that we care for them locally. With this being the first centre of its kind in West Dunbartonshire, I am delighted our residents will benefit from this vital resource.”

For more information contact NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde Communications on 0141 201 4429 or West Dunbartonshire Council Press Office, 01389 737527.
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