A brand-new, dedicated podiatry clinic has been officially opened in Bishopbriggs – and local people have been invited to come along to see the facilities for themselves. NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde’s new clinic has had its official opening on the morning of Friday 24th August, with an open afternoon being held later in the day for local GP practices and patients.
The podiatry clinic has been operating from a temporary base at Stobhill Hospital while work has gone on to refurbish its new home at Bishopbriggs Cross. When it begins seeing patients next month, the Emerson Road facility will boast two clinical rooms, a decontamination unit, an orthotic workshop and office space.
Audrey Murdoch is the Podiatry Manager for the East Dunbartonshire Community Health Partnership (CHP), which is responsible for a wide range of local health services delivered in health centres, clinics and schools across East Dunbartonshire. She says the care provided will be state of the art: “The new podiatry clinic brings the very best of care right into the heart of Bishopbriggs. We have more space than we did in our old base, which allows us to provide much more for our patients.
“As well as all the usual foot care you’d expect, the clinic is actually also equipped to provide nail surgery and biomechanics. They’re specialist services, and they’re going to be provided right here on Emerson Road, so local people won’t have to travel elsewhere.
“The refurbishment has allowed us to pay attention to every single detail. Obviously, there’s all the proper disabled access and we have car parking spaces right next to the building too. All of us at the new clinic would love to see everyone who’s interested at the Open Afternoon on Friday, between 1 and 3pm.”
The refurbishment has been made possible thanks to more than £100,000 of capital funding from NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde’s capital allocation.
Gerry McLaughlin, Chairman of the East Dunbartonshire CHP, will perform the official opening. He said: “I’m delighted to be opening the new podiatry clinic in Bishopbriggs. The refurbishment has been very impressive and while we’re very grateful to have had our temporary home at Stobhill, I know all of our staff are keen to settle in here – and I’m sure patients will be too.”
A key aim for the CHP is to improve access to services by providing services locally and also to improve the range and quality of the local service provided, where possible. Gerry added: “Making health care as accessible as possible is very important, and we are all very pleased that not only can we provide top-quality health care here in Bishopbriggs town centre, but that we can do it an a place which is so easy to get to.
“Throwing open our doors on Friday afternoon is our way of welcoming our patients and our GP practice colleagues and letting them see exactly what we can do together.”
Podiatry services have been provided in Bishopbriggs for more than 25 years, and the new building represents a significant improvement on the service’s old home: a wooden building in the grounds of Bishopbriggs High School. The new clinic is at Springfield House on Emerson Road near Bishopbriggs Cross. Appointments are beginning to be scheduled and patients will begin attending the clinic from around mid-September.
· Biomechanics relates to maintaining the function of the foot and in most cases, it can be resolved by fitting specialised insoles known as orthotics.
· For more details contact NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde Communications on 0141 201 4429.
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