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New Cathcart Centre Officially Opened

December 16, 2010 2:19 PM

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A new centre bringing together specialist health and social work services for drug users and people with learning disabilities has opened its doors today as part of a £1.5million investment by Inverclyde CHCP.

Known as the Cathcart Centre, the newly refurbished building provides state-of the-art accommodation and facilities for both service users and staff.

Patients with addiction problems who previously attended The Kirn Unit on the Ravenscraig site and social work services that previously operated from Nicolson Street will now have a one stop service at the new Inverclyde Integrated Drug Service located on the ground floor of the Cathcart Centre.

The upper floors of the Centre are now home to the Integrated Learning Disabilities Service with both health and social work staff working side by side to ensure a seamless service for their services users and patients.

Councillor Gerry Dorrian, Vice Convener of Inverclyde Council’s Health and Social Care Committee and Robert Calderwood, Chief Executive, NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde, jointly performed a short opening ceremony at the Centre.

Councillor Gerry Dorrian said: “The new integrated service for drug users - brings together dedicated health and social work services for drug users under the one roof for the first time and offers a wide range of support and treatments to patients. Along with the newly opened Wellpark Alcohol Service Centre we can now offer first class clinical and counselling facilities to service users with a range of substance and alcohol issues.”

Mr Robert Calderwood, said: “It is a great pleasure to open this superb new facility. The importance of joint working between health and social work partners cannot be underestimated in terms of the value it provides to its service users. I have no doubt that the Cathcart Centre will be a very important asset to the people of Inverclyde who use the services provided here.”

Susanna McCorry-Rice, Head of Mental Health, Addictions & Homelessness Services, for Inverclyde CHCP: “This is the third high quality build to be brought into management in Inverclyde over the last year and represents an overall investment in centrally located accessible facilities of £5M for local residents.

We have worked closely with people that use services in the design of facility and feel it represents a real partnership with the community”.

For more information contact either NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde Communications on 0141 201 4429 or email [email protected]

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