Patients throughout Renfrewshire are to benefit from a major £1.3 million refurbishment programme of healthcare accommodation across the area.
The old Renfrew Health Centre has been rejuvenated thanks to this investment and is set once more to become a focus for healthcare across Renfrewshire.
The refurbishment, which has breathed new life into the Centre, has also seen it renamed as the Aranthrue Centre – the old name for Renfrew.
Thanks to the newly upgraded accommodation and facilities at the Centre, Renfrewshire Community Health Partnership (CHP) has been able to reorganise a number of local services and create new specialist teams in fit for purpose accommodation - in many cases for the first time.
A new specialist children’s services base for Renfrewshire has been created at the Aranthrue Centre which sees children’s physiotherapy, speech and language and occupational therapy services brought together under one roof. Whilst these teams will be based at the Centre and will treat the vast majority of patients there, they will also continue to see their clients locally throughout Renfrewshire where appropriate.
The Aranthrue Centre, which opens its doors on Monday 29 August 2011, will also become home to Renfrewshire’s Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) enabling a move out of older accommodation at Johnstone Hospital. The Centre will also house the Renfrewshire Looked After and Accommodated Children’s Team which will move from Foxbar Clinic.
The West Renfrewshire Community Rehabilitation and Enablement Service for older people will also relocate to the Aranthrue Centre. This service, which was established in May this year, brings together the Older Adults Community Mental Health Team, the Multi-Agency Team for Care at Home (MATCH), Domiciliary Physiotherapy, the Physical Disability Team, Adult Speech & Language, Interface Pharmacy and Specialist Nurses to operate through an integrated single point of access which has already resulted in an improved and co-ordinated approach for people requiring rehabilitation.
The Aranthrue Centre is however only one of a number of local healthcare facilities which the CHP has invested in.
New Sneddon Street Clinic has also undergone a refurbishment and, as of Monday 29th August, will become home to the Paisley Sandyford Hub providing a wide range of specialist sexual health services. Sandyford will relocate to the New Sneddon Street Clinic from the Russell Institute.
In addition Old Johnstone Clinic has been refurbished and will soon become the main base of the Dietetics team. To ensure local access, Dietetic clinics will continue to be provided at a number of locations throughout Renfrewshire.
Taken together these various enhancements and the service moves will mean the eventual closure of the Russell Institute.
Fiona MacKay, Renfrewshire CHP Head of Health Improvement and Planning, said: “Whilst we absolutely recognise that the Russsell Institute is a beautiful and landmark building in Paisley it sadly does not provide us with the facilities we need to provide modern healthcare. The building does not comply with disability access requirements and because it is listed there is very little scope to make the necessary alterations.
“The dental services has already relocated out of the Russell Institute to a new facility at the RAH which is working extremely well with patients not only benefiting from the state-of-the-art facilities but also from better access and parking arrangements.
“We are already in discussions with Renfrewshire Council and Historic Scotland regarding the future use of the Russell Institute and have plans in place to put in 24-hour security once the building is fully vacated.
“I am delighted with the investments that we have made in upgraded facilities which has allowed us to bring together a variety of specialist teams for the benefit of Renfrewshire residents. Whilst a small number of people may have to travel slightly further for their services, many other people will benefit from having their services closer to them. However all patients will benefit from better access, parking and, of course, higher quality facilities. The vast majority of teams that have moved base will continue to provide local clinics throughout Renfrewshire - keeping services as local as possible. I am absolutely confident that we have created an excellent model of service provision for our patients in high quality fit-for-purpose accommodation which will stand us in good stead for the years ahead.”
Apart from the Sandyford Clinic, which has a drop-in service, all the other services which have moved are appointment only. Residents, therefore, will be provided with details of where to attend on their next appointment card.
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Pic caption - left to right: Fiona MacKay, Renfrewshire CHP Head of Health Improvement and Planning and Jean Still,
Renfrewshire CHP Head of Administration outside the newly named Aranthrue Centre