Born and bred in Barrhead, Scotland’s Chief Medical Officer, Dr Harry Burns, took special pleasure in marking a major milestone in the development of the new Barrhead Health and Social Care Centre.
Scotland’s most senior doctor was on hand today as construction work on the £18million centre began. He said: “It is always good news when a new healthcare facility is being built but I am particularly delighted by this project having been born and brought up in Barrhead. I am extremely pleased that my fellow residents will benefit from this state-of-the-art new facility.”
The joint development between NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde and East Renfrewshire Council will bring local health and social work services together under the one roof for the first time.
NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde Chairman, Andrew Robertson, was on site this morning to kick off construction work with Councillor Douglas Yates, Chair of East Renfrewshire Community Health and Care Partnership and Councillor Tony Buchanan, East Renfrewshire Council convener for economic development and regeneration.
Mr Robertson said: “The new centre will make it easier and quicker for local people to access the services they require regardless of whether these are provided by NHS or council staff. This state-of-the-art development will undoubtedly be of huge benefit to the people of Barrhead and I am delighted to be here today to witness building work begin.”
The total cost of the facility is £18million - £15m from NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde and £3m from East Renfrewshire Council and it is anticipated that it will open in February 2011.
The new Centre will provide a wide range of local health and social care services. These include GP practices, General Dental Practices, minor surgery, physiotherapy, podiatry (foot care) services, health visitor and district nursing teams, social work and home care services. It will also provide accommodation for older person’s day care.
Councillor Douglas Yates, Chair of East Renfrewshire CHCP said: “I’m delighted to help get this flagship project off to a good start. The new heath centre an example of public service excellence with NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde and East Renfrewshire working together for the benefit of the people of Barrhead to ensure that good health is accessible and available to all. I look forward very much to the opening in due course as the centre has a vital role to play in promoting healthy living, fighting health inequalities and helping build a strong community.”
The new Barrhead Health and Care Centre is being built on a site 150 metres from the current facility on the site of the former Carlibar Primary School.
The facility is a key element of the Barrhead Regeneration Framework which is being led by East Renfrewshire Council and other partner agencies. The Framework provides a vision for Barrhead which seeks to establish the town’s role in the commercial and civic life of East Renfrewshire. The Framework seeks to improve employment opportunities and shopping/commercial activity within the town. In addition, the aim is to improve health, leisure and recreation facilities in Barrhead.
Councillor Tony Buchanan, East Renfrewshire Council convener for economic development and regeneration said: “This is proof positive that our Better Barrhead drive to regenerate the town is fast becoming a bricks-and-mortar reality as the health centre is the first building to be built as part of the project. By investing in health we invest in the future of our residents who are the heart of all that we’re doing in Barrhead and seeing work start onsite will be seen as proof positive that we really mean business as we put the regeneration jig saw into place.”
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