Health minister praises “wonderful” new Eastwood Health and Care Centre

Health minister Aileen Campbell, with young assistants, declares the new health and care centre officially open.
Health minister Aileen Campbell, with young assistants, declares the new health and care centre officially open.

It opened in July, but after a few months’ running-in Eastwood’s new £15million health and care centre now has the seal of ministerial approval

Health minister Aileen Campbell, who officially opened the centre last week, said it was a good example of “joined up public services delivered at local level”.

For local councillor Alan Lafferty the ceremony at the new facility in Drumby Crescent, Clarkston, marked the culmination of careful detailed planning.

Cllr Lafferty, chairman of the East Renfrewshire Integrated Joint Board, said: “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.”

Aileen Campbell said: “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”.

The centre 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.

It also hosts a community enterprise cafe run as an employability project, while acting as a community hub for voluntary groups.

The project has been delivered by East Renfrewshire HSCP 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.