The prospect of a new £21.2 million state-of-the-art Health and Care Centre in Greenock and a new £19.3 million centre in Clydebank moved one step closer today (Tuesday, 15 August).
A meeting of our board agreed the outline business cases which will now be submitted to the Scottish Government’s Capital Investment Group for funding.
The current main Greenock and Clydebank Health Centres are not suitable for the provision of 21st century health and social care services. This is exacerbated by the expectation that more care will be provided outwith hospital settings in the local community.
As a result, it was decided that new build Health and Care Centres are the best option for both areas. These centres will bring together the key supports from a range of health and care professionals to tackle health inequalities, improve health and contribute to social regeneration.
Beth Culshaw, chief officer, West Dunbartonshire HSCP, said: “This new expanded Health and Care Centre for Clydebank will be much more than a simple replacement of the existing facility.
“It will give local people access to state-of-the-art health and care services in a facility fit for the 21st Century – all under one roof.
“A key part of our vision going forward is to enhance our community health services. We want to see GPs empowered to play an enhanced role, leading multi-disciplinary teams of health professionals.
“The Clydebank Health and Care Centre will be the perfect place in which this vision can become a reality and I am sure it will serve the local community well for many years to come.”
Cllr Robert Moran, Inverclyde Health and Social Care Committee Convenor, said: “This new centre will also contribute to the regeneration of Greenock as well as making a real contribution to local residents’ health. It will be a marked improvement on the current outdated building and will provide better access to the wide range of services.
“Greenock, like much of the West of Scotland, experiences some of the worst socio-economic deprivation and health outcomes in the country. The planned design of the building 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 Greenock can flourish with access to health and social care support when they need it. The new centre will help us to actively transform health and social care services to help people and their communities lead stronger, healthier lives.”