Care centre on the horizon

EASTWOOD’S health and social care centre took a further step towards becoming a reality recently.

Following report received by the Community Health and Care Partnership, a competition was announced for this new centre to find the best possible design.

Robert Calderwood, Chief Executive, NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde, confirmed they are now working with East Renfrewshire council to submit an outline business case to the Scottish Government’s Capital Investment Group.

He said: “This new health centre in Eastwood will be one of the first to be procured through the Scottish Government’s hub initiative.

“We are delighted that we can continue our modernisation of local healthcare facilities and this is another example of partnership working to improve local amenities. “

Councillor Alan Lafferty who chaired the CHCP committee meeting said: “East Renfrewshire council and Greater Glasgow Health Board are working closely to make this a first class facility to greatly improve the health and wellbeing of residents in the Eastwood Area Local residents have already been asked their opinions.

“Funding has been secured from East Renfrewshire council of £8.4 million and £9 million from the Scottish Government for the NHS services to make it all happen.

“This is a very good news story. This is a positive development in quality public services.

“We never thought we would get all the money from the Scottish Government to build this health centre in Eastwood so I am delighted we are on track for this huge investment. I hope to see the initial designs and a 3-D model of the Centre available in the New Year after the design competition is finished, then I will be pushing hard to get work started in early 2014. This is tremendous news.”

The centre is expected to be designed, built and operational by 2015.

The proposed development offers an excellent opportunity to develop a first class integrated health and care facility in Eastwood which will provide a range of community health and social care services to the local population.

A total of five GP practices are set to move to the new centre.