New multi-million pound Health and Care Centre to provide more care closer to home

Work starting on a new state-of-the-art health and care centre as another opens are just two of the latest steps in delivering our vision of treating more people in their communities.

Despite only throwing open its doors in January, the new Gorbals Health and Care Centre (HCC) is already providing improved access to a range of community and primary care services in a modern setting.

It has given us the ideal opportunity to reshape services in a more integrated way while being more easily accessible and efficient for patients and service users.

At £17 million, the centre represents a significant investment in the regeneration of the Gorbals and is playing a central role in delivering a wide range of benefits for the community.

Four GP practices and one dental practice have moved into the centre. They’ve also been joined by number of community services ranging from specialist children’s services to alcohol and drug recovery counsellors.

As the doors swung open at the new Gorbals facility, work began on a £21 million centre in Greenock.

Due to open next Autumn, the new centre, on the former Wellington Academy site, will improve access to healthcare while boosting social regeneration in the area. The range of services will include:

  • GP surgeries
  • Physiotherapy
  • Sandyford sexual health services
  • Health visiting and school nursing
  • Social Work – assessment and care
  • Community dental services
  • A pharmacy
  • District nursing
  • Podiatry
  • Dieticians

More than 200 parking spaces have been allocated for the new centre and a shelter for 20 bikes will also be installed. In addition, bus stops will also be located at each side of the building with one at the front entrance to encourage people to use public transport.

Primary care is being transformed across Scotland and both centres have been designed to be far more than just a simple replacement of existing facilities.

Chairman John Brown said: “The new Gorbals centre is another major milestone in our plans to deliver a modern health and social care to our residents.

“I’m confident this investment will be welcomed by all the patients and service users who will benefit from the new facilities and I’m sure the staff will enjoy working in their new surroundings.

“Both the centres in the Gorbals and Greenock show our commitment to having facilities in place that help us deliver more care in local communities rather than travel to hospitals.

“These centres will see people having access to a wide range of professionals, closer to their home, and be better supported to live healthier, more independent lives.”

“Both centres are central to bringing together the key elements from a range of professions in order to tackle health inequalities, improve health and contribute to ongoing local regeneration.”

This proactive approach also takes in two new £11 million acute mental health wards at Stobhill Hospital with work already well underway.

One of the wards will be dedicated to adult acute in-patient care with the other being geared towards older adults with functional Mental Health issues.

The new wards will build on existing quality care and speed up diagnosis and treatment. They will also enable greater flexibility across mental Health services and deliver modern facilities for patients and staff.

John Brown said: "I am delighted work is progressing on these new wards. This important development will see our patients staying in modern wards that are at the very forefront of 21st Century Mental Health in-patient accommodation.

“We are absolutely committed to providing high standards of effective care in the most appropriate settings. Ultimately, our patients will be staying in modern wards at the very forefront of modern Mental Health in-patient accommodation.”

Work is anticipated to be completed next June.