The prospect of a new £40 million state-of-the-art Health and Social Care Hub in Parkhead moved one step closer today.
The Glasgow Integration Joint Board (IJB) agreed that the project should be a priority for the Glasgow Health & Social Care Partnership (HSCP) for future investment. It was also agreed that full engagement on the proposal should be carried out by the HSCP between March and May.
As far back as 2013, the current health centre has been assessed as requiring modernisation and expansion in order to continue meeting the needs of the local population in the medium to long term.
While still fit for purpose, the building is not suitable for the provision of 21st century health and social care services. This is exacerbated by the expectation that more care will be provided outwith hospital settings in the local community.
At this early stage, in addition to acute service yet to be determined, it is envisaged services based in a new centre would include:
The current Parkhead Health Centre is strategically located in a busy location and, thanks to good public transport links, is accessible to people in Parkhead and Dalmarnock as well as accommodating services used by residents across the wider east end.
The regeneration of the Dalmarnock area led by Clyde Gateway and the Commonwealth Games is expected to result in the re-establishment of a new community in the area with an estimated future population of 20,000 people.
In addition, there would be positive economic and regeneration impacts in a new hub area as a consequence of bringing together a number of public services into one dedicated site alongside a wide range of existing shops and leisure facilities.
David Williams, chief officer, Glasgow HSCP, said: “A new expanded centre would be designed to be much more than a simple replacement of the existing facility. It would provide local people and the new residents of Dalmarnock – where there are currently no significant health services - with access to state-of-the-art health and social care services in a facility fit for the 21st Century.
“North East Glasgow, and Parkhead in particular, is one of the most deprived communities, with some of the worst health outcomes, in Scotland. The planned design of the building will help further break down the barriers between services and help to create a seamless pathway between services for patients and service users.”
“The HSCP believes that the people of Glasgow can flourish with access to health and social care support when they need it. We’re actively transforming health and social care services to help people and their communities lead stronger, healthier lives.”