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August 22, 2006 12:01 AM

Health Minister Andy Kerr will find out how a team of health and social care staff are helping to support families ahead of the Board's annual review on Tuesday 22nd August.

The Gorbals Parents and Children Together (PACT) team provide a wide range of flexible services to meet the needs of parents with young children in the local community.With a focus on health promotion, services range from parenting classes and play sessions to baby massage, money advice and swimming.

The Minister will visit the PACT team to find out about their work, before meeting families who have benefited from its services.

Programme :

1130Minister arrives at the Gorbals PACT team base – 44 South

Portland Street, Glasgow.MEDIA PLEASE NOTE -



1140-1230Minister meets staff and finds out about the difference PACT is making to parents and children in the area.The Minister meets families and children who have benefited from the PACT service.Photo opportunity – Minister with staff and families.

1230 – 1245Media interviews – opportunity to interview the Minister, PACT staff and families who have benefited from the service.REPORTERS SHOULD ARRIVE AT THE MAIN ENTRANCE TO BE MET BY A PRESS OFFICER.

1415-1630Minister chairs Annual Review.This is a public meeting and the media are invited to attend.The meeting will be held in the Board Room at NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde HQ, Dalian House, 350 St Vincent Street, Glasgow

1630-1645Media opportunities.

Speaking in advance of his visit to PACT, Mr Kerr said:

"We all know how difficult it can be for parents to care for young children, particularly if they are on their own and don't have family and friends living nearby.

"That's why services like this are so important.The Gorbals PACT team provides a wide range of services and support to local families who may feel isolated and unsure of where to turn to for advice and support.

"PACT staff work with parents in the Gorbals to inform them of healthy food choices for their children to encourage them into the healthy living habit from an early age.

"Glasgow's poor health record is well-publicised and we must do all we can to turn that around.We want more intregrated community health and social care services like PACT in the future to enable healthcare to be tailored to individual's needs.

"By working together, the health and social workers at PACT are doing a great job helping children in the Gorbals grow up to be healthy young adults."

The annual review will cover key areas such as: activity and efficiency, waiting times, regional planning, public involvement, finance and future plans.

Commenting on NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde's Annual Review, Mr Kerr said:

"As well as highlighting success, and giving credit where credit is due, I also want to use these Annual Reviews to scrutinise local performance, challenge where necessary and drive forward further improvement.

"I believe that NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde can build on its previous success and further improve services and reduce waiting times for patients in their area.

"I want to see an NHS which is better, quicker, closer and safer.These reviews will help us deliver that."


1.The Annual Reviews cover key areas such as: health

improvement, delivering sustainable future local services, waiting

times, finance and workforce.

2.The Gorbals PACT team is made up of health visitors, social

work staff, health support workers and a nursery nurse.The team also has input from One Plus and representatives from teh local community.PACT teams are unique to Glasgow and 10 teams are being developed across the city.

Contact: Sarah Wood: 0131 244 2596: 07810 507018


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