Plans for the new Greenock Health and Care Centre were given a major boost after the Board of NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde approved the full business case today (Tuesday, 16 October).
The next - and final - stage of the process of developing the state-of-the-art health and care centre is to submit the full business case to the Scottish Government Capital Investment Group for consideration in November.
If approved by the Scottish Government, the centre will host a range of health and care services including:
Louise Long, chief officer, Inverclyde Health and Social Care Partnership (HSCP), said: "I am delighted that the full business case has been approved. This is another major milestone for plans to build a modern, state-of-the-art health and care centre for the people of Greenock.
“The HSCP’s commitment to tackling health inequalities in areas of high deprivation and promoting social regeneration is clearly demonstrated by NHSGGC’s decision today.
“The national transformation of primary care means that this project is not about a simple replacement of an existing facility. It is about taking the opportunity to create a centre where people can expect to be supported by a wide range of professionals, closer to their home, and be enabled to live healthier, more independent lives.”
John Brown, chairman, NHSGGC, said: “The current facilities at Greenock Health Centre are out-dated and uninviting and not ideal for the provision of 21st century health and social care services. This is highlighted by modern ways of delivering care where there is an emphasis in delivering more care outside hospitals and in local communities.
“The new purpose built centre would be designed to be much more than a simple replacement of the existing facility. It has the potential to bring together the key elements from a range of professions to tackle health inequalities, improve health and contribute to social regeneration.”
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Pic: Artist's Impression of new Greenock Health and Care Centre