Andy Kerr, Minister for Health and Community Care, along with local MSP, Ken Macintosh, today, visited Barrhead Health Centre and met some of the staff involved in developing plans for the new Barrhead Health and Social Care Centre.
During the visit, the Minister was taken on a short tour of the existing Barrhead Health Centre and shown the site of the former Carlibar Primary School where the new Centre will be built.
The new purpose-built £18m Centre will provide a wide range of health and social work services. These include minor surgery, physiotherapy, podiatry (foot care), community nursing, social work and home care services.
It will also provide accommodation for three GP practices, day-care and support services for older people and community mental health services, allin a modern and attractive environment.
George Hunter, Director of Health and Community Care for the East Renfrewshire Community Health and Care Partnership (CHCP) – a joint partnership between NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde and East Renfrewshire Council which is responsible for the delivery of local health and social care services, said: “Bringing health and social work services together under one roof will make it easier and quicker for local people to access the services they require.”
“It will also provide facilities that are fit for the 21st century and significantly improve the working conditions for frontline staff.”
Councillor Danny Collins, Deputy Leader of East Renfrewshire Council and Chair of the East Renfrewshire Community Health and Care Partnership, said: “The development of the new Barrhead Health and Social Care Centre is good news for the people of Barrhead and the surrounding areas.
“It demonstrates our commitment to the local area and is a key part of the wider regeneration plan for the town which is being led by East Renfrewshire Council and other partner agencies.
“This innovative plan seeks to increase employment and commercial opportunities within the town and improve local health, leisure and recreation facilities.”
Outline plans for the new centre are currently being finalised and are due to be submitted to the Scottish Executive during April 2007. Work on the detailed design will then be taken forward to enable the full business case to be completed by August 2008. If approved, construction work on the new centre should start in late 2008 and be completed during 2010. A programme of maintenance and repair work will be carried out on the existing centre to ensure that it can continue to operate until the new centre is completed.
Health Minister Andy Kerr said: "I remain keen to see this project progressed as soon as possible.
"I am very pleased that the Initial Agreement for the project - the first stage of the business case process - has now been approved for the replacement of the existing facility. I look forward to NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde moving quickly on with the Outline Business Case during the summer months."
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