The new Vale Centre for Health and Care was officially opened today by the Cabinet Secretary for Health, Alex Neil, who met staff and patients during his visit.
The Cabinet Secretary was given a tour of the unique Centre by Andrew Robertson, NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde Chairman, and Keith Redpath, Director of West Dunbartonshire Community Health and Care Partnership.
This significant development, which has seen an investment of over £20 million on one of the most modern health centres in Scotland, brings together a variety of services delivering modern health care within a new state-of-the-art facility and is a key element in the Board’s delivery of the Vision for the Vale.
This new state-of-the-art facility provides three large general practices, dietetics, podiatry, speech and language therapy, primary care mental health, physiotherapy and a large dental complex including a general dental practice.
Cabinet Secretary for Health and Wellbeing Alex Neil said: “This fantastic new purpose-built facility is a prime example of how continued investment in our NHS is benefiting patients providing them with quality care close to home.
"Having the right facilities in the right place is very important and we must continue to provide sustainable, high quality and continually improving healthcare services to patients across Scotland.
“Investment in health is a top priority for the Scottish Government and we have committed to spending over £2 billion on improving NHS infrastructure over four years.”
The Centre, which opened its doors to patients in August, provides health and social work services in modern, fit for purpose facilities. It also provides a local base for the local district nursing team, health visiting team, prescribing support team, integrated health and social care team and training and education.
Andrew Robertson, NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde Chairman, said: “We are delighted that the Cabinet Secretary for Health was able to join us for the official opening of this new state-of-the-art centre.
“I am sure he will agree that the new Centre is a superb, modern, bright facility which provides the very best facilities for patients and staff.
“In its Vision for the Vale, the Board made an explicit commitment to delivering a replacement for the old Alexandria Medical Centre on the Vale of Leven Hospital site. Standing here today, with the Centre having been delivered on schedule and on budget, I am sure that we can all agree that that vision is alive and well within this fantastic facility.
“We’re especially pleased that the new Centre has already been recognised with a best practice award from the local West Dunbartonshire Access Panel for design innovation and accessibility, as it shows how seriously we take working constructively with local communities to improve patient care.”
Keith Redpath, Director of West Dunbartonshire Community Health and Care Partnership, said: “The delivery of this new health and care centre for the Vale of Leven area has been an ambition within West Dunbartonshire for over a decade now.
“Our vision was to provide a new centre which offered a welcoming and therapeutic environment for the people from the local area to use and for our staff and our GP and dental contractor partners to deliver services from.
“The new Vale Centre for Health and Care offers all this and more and we are delighted that patients can now access all the services available in a state of the art facility.”
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Pic: Cabinet Secretary Alex Neil unveils commemorative plague with help from Lily Kennedy (right), community activist, Andrew Robertson, NHSGGC Chairman, and Jackie Maceira (front), Chair of West Dunbartonshire Access Panel.