The new Eastwood Health and Care Centre, which started seeing patients in July, was today officially opening by the Minister for Public Health and Sport, Aileen Campbell.
The Minister was greeted by NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde’s Chairman, John Brown, Julie Murray, Chief Officer, East Renfrewshire Health Social Care Partnership, and Alan Lafferty, East Renfrewshire Council.
The Minister toured the £15m state of the art building meeting staff and patients before officially opening the building.
She said: “I am delighted to be here today to mark the official opening of the Eastwood Health and Care Centre.
“I want to extend my thanks to all those involved in steering this project all the way from the initial planning stages to what we see now: a wonderful, state-of-the-art new facility that is already proving to be such an asset to the local community.
“Not only will the building provide first-rate healthcare facilities, but it will also house many social care services and provide space for voluntary groups of all kinds. All of this allows much improved, joined up public services, delivered at a local level.”
NHSGGC Chairman John Brown said: “I am delighted to welcome the Minister to officially open this fantastic healthcare facility. It is home to five GP practices and community health and care services including clinics, podiatry, physiotherapy, children's services, adult mental health services, speech therapy, district nursing, health visiting and social work.
“I have every confidence that the people of Eastwood are impressed by this new Health and Social Care Centre which will provide modern facilities for the year ahead.”
East Renfrewshire Health and Social Care Partnership (HSCP) Chief Officer, Julie Murray, said: “Together with Barrhead Health and Care Centre, which opened in 2011, this provides the people of East Renfrewshire with fantastic modern facilities, fit for the future delivery of integrated health and care services.”
Alan Lafferty, East Renfrewshire Councillor and Chair of the East Renfrewshire Integrated Joint Board said: “I’m delighted to see the new Eastwood Health and Care Centre officially open.
“This new building provides our residents with fantastic modern facilities, fit for the delivery of integrated health and care services all conveniently located under one roof.
“Through careful design, we have planned spaces where health and care staff, along with GP and third sector colleagues, can work together planning and co-ordinating care and support for local residents. It will be a real asset to our local community for many years to come.”
Notes to Editors
The £15m state-of-the-art building on Drumby Crescent offers the Eastwood community access to a wide range of health and social care services under one roof for the first time.
The project was delivered by East Renfrewshire HSCP, NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde and East Renfrewshire Council in partnership with hub West Scotland and the Scottish Futures Trust. The total cost for the building was £14.9m with £9.2m provided by NHSGGC and £5.7m provided by East Renfrewshire Council.
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Pic: The Minister meets patient Archie Caldwell and physiotherapy staff.