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The newly modernised Springburn Health Centre was officially opened today, 3rd December 2008 by Cabinet Secretary for Health and Wellbeing Nicola Sturgeon.
At a special ceremony at the new Health Centre, the Cabinet Secretary met with staff and patients before unveiling a commemorative plaque and officially declaring the Hospital open.
Health Secretary Nicola Sturgeon said: “The newly-redeveloped Springburn Health Centre is a fine example of an accessible modern facility bringing the very best healthcare from many different professions under one roof.
“Patients can take advantage of high-quality GPs, community care, dentistry and other services in the heart of Springburn. The dedicated staff who work here also benefit from the expanded space and improved working conditions, allowing them to deliver the best possible care.”
£6million has been invested in the state-of-the-art Health Centre over the last three years and has transformed patient care in Springburn and made improvements not only to services provided but also to the building itself.
For example there is a new two-storey extension at a cost of £1.8million, which has led to the expansion of Clinical Services.
Other improvements include:
• Creation of new entrance to Health Centre
• Improved working conditions for staff
• Relocation of Community Pharmacy
• Relocation of Community Reception to more visible, welcoming point
• Expansion of General Practice
• Additional Treatment Room / Consulting space
• New lift and stairwell
• Newly refurbished accommodation for the North Sandyford Initiative ‘Hub’
Chair of North Glasgow CHCP, Councillor Jim Mackechnie, hosted the opening ceremony. He said: “The £6million modernisation of Springburn Health Centre has led to major improvements in the services we provide for the local population as well the working environment for our staff. For example the physiotherapy department has been expanded and upgraded including new gym equipment.
"Much of the success of the new Health Centre is due to continued dedication, expertise and commitment of its staff.”
Paul Ryan, Clinical Director of North Glasgow CHCP explained: “This has been a substantial investment in health and social care services in North Glasgow. It has led to improved patient access, with a more welcoming entrance and improved surgeries and waiting areas. This has allowed practices to increase their capacity, including the Keep Well Anticipatory Care Project.
“There has also been an improvement in dental and podiatry facilities and the opening of the new Sandyford Initiative designed to improve sexual health and the redesigned maternity outreach clinic is due to start in early 2009.”
Springburn Health Centre opened in 1982. The Health Centre currently accommodates seven GP Practices serving a patient population of approximately 26,000 and provides a wide range of services.
Summary of the Springburn Health Centre modernisation programme:
£150,000 invested to create a Special Needs Dental Surgery, Decontamination Facility and Integrated Reception Area.
£1.8 million investment to create a two-storey extension including the expansion of Clinical Services provided within General Practice facilities for Training and Development. This included a Seminar Room, Library / Resource Room and improved office accommodation. The reconfiguration of internal space on the first floor of allowed the North Sandyford Initiative ‘Hub’, which has a three-day per week presence, to move into the Health Centre.
£1 million was invested to upgrade plant equipment ventilation, electrical distribution and create a suite of five new Community Rooms as well as the refurbishment of staff accommodation.
£3 million was invested to improve access to Primary Care Services, ensuring DDA Compliance and the expansion of clinical space within the General Practice and Community Provision for the continued development of services.
For more information contact NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde Press Office on 0141 201 4429.
Ends Images of the official opening are available for download at www.nhsggc.org.uk/photodesk.