The new £20.8 million Vale Centre for Health and Care is well underway to be finished on schedule.
Work began on the centre in March and it is already beginning to take shape and the much anticipated finished building promises to be one of the most modern state-of-the-art health centres in Scotland.
At the moment the centre, which is a significant development for people in the Vale of Leven area,
is due to be complete in summer 2013. This week saw the completion of the steel frame for the building and any one passing the site will now be able to see the full scale of the new centre.
Director of West Dunbartonshire Community Health and Care Partnership (CHCP) Keith Redpath said: “NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde promised people in the Vale a substantially enhanced replacement for the Alexandria medical centre as part of our Vision for the Vale and we are well on our way to delivering that.
“I am delighted to see the speed at which things are progressing and looking forward to seeing the finished centre next year. This is an ambitious project which will deliver excellent services to our local community under one roof.”
The innovative design of the new centre will support both the current and developing needs and expectations of the local population and has been comprehensively supported in the local community.
The new health and care centre will offer improved access for local communities to a variety of services, and will deliver modern health care within a new state-of-the-art facility. In particular, the integrated dental complex will bring together a range of dental services under the same roof, enabling patients to benefit from closer links with acute dental services within the Vale of Leven Hospital site.
It will also provide three large general practices, dietetics, podiatry, speech and language therapy, primary care mental health, physiotherapy and a large dental complex including a general dental practice. The local district nursing team, health visiting team, prescribing support team, integrated health and social care team and all training and education facilities will also be homed at the new centre.
Council Leader, Councillor Martin Rooney, said: “We are delighted with the progress being made at the site of the new Vale Health Centre. Every time I go past there is a new development on the site which is pleasing to see, especially given the difficult weather we’ve had this year. The people of this area are looking forward to making use of this state of the art facility and I look forward to its completion as soon as possible.”
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