A major milestone in the construction of the new £18 million Renfrew Health and Social Work Centre was marked last week at a special sod cutting ceremony performed by Renfrewshire Council Leader and Chair of Renfrewshire Community Health Partnership, Derek Mackay.
The new centre will provide modern, fit for purpose facilities for local people requiring health or social work services. This will include GP services, dental services, physiotherapy, podiatry, speech and language therapy, community nursing and social work services.
Derek Mackay said: "This is a milestone in taking forward a joint health and social work facility in Renfrew.
“I know from speaking to people in the town that they are looking forward to this innovative facility coming to Renfrew.
“Partnership working is increasingly essential in tackling a range of personal, health and social issues and this flagship programme will bring real benefits for the people of Renfrewshire."
David Leese, Director of Renfrewshire Community Health Partnership said: “By bringing health and social work services together under one roof it 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.”
A joint development between NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde and Renfrewshire Council, the new centre is expected to be complete by late 2009.
Councillor Eileen McCartin, Convener of Renfrewshire Council's Community and Family Care Policy Board, said: "The new centre will develop further the partnership working between Renfrewshire Social Work and the Community Health Partnership to improve the health and well being of the residents of Renfrew."
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