Two new multi-million pound state-of-the-art Health and Social Care Hubs in the Gorbals and Woodside are set to be open to local residents by the end of 2018.
Funding has now been secured in a move which will improve health and social care services in both areas and deliver modern facilities fit for the 21st century.
The existing health centres in the Gorbals and Woodside, both dating from the 1970s, are no longer suitable for delivering the 21st century health and social care services necessary to meet the needs of the local population in the long term.
Both new centres will provide an important platform in expanding clinical services in the community by supporting the integration of health and social care services.
Based in Sandiefield Road, the new Gorbals health and social care centre will house services including GP surgeries, social services, treatment rooms and community spaces.
Replacing the existing centre in Barr Street, the new Woodside centre at Doncaster Street will host services such as GP surgeries, dental services, physiotherapy, older people day services, district nursing, and the older people’s team.
It is anticipated there would be positive economic and regeneration impacts in the two areas as a consequence of bringing together a number of public services into two dedicated sites alongside a wide range of existing shops and leisure facilities.
David Williams, chief officer, Glasgow Health & Social Care Partnership (HSCP), said: “These two new health and social care centres for the Gorbals and Woodside will enable us to provide a dedicated patient-centred service and ‘one stop shop’ for all primary care and community services.
“The new expanded centres will be designed to be much more than simple replacements of the existing facilities. They will provide local people with access to state-of-the-art health and social care services in facilities fit for the 21st Century.
“The Gorbals and Woodside are two of Glasgow’s most deprived communities, with some of the worst health outcomes in Scotland. The new centres are being specifically designed in a way which will help further break down the barriers between services and help to create a seamless pathway between services for patients and service users.
“The HSCP believes that the people of Glasgow can flourish with access to health and social care support when they need it. We’re actively transforming health and social care services to help people and their communities lead stronger, healthier lives.”
Financial Close has been secured by Hub West Scotland, the centres have been designed by JM architects & Page and Park, and will be constructed by Morgan Sindall Construction and Infrastructure Ltd.