Green light for East Renfrewshire health & care centre

Health secretary Alex Neil has announced the go ahead for the new community health and care centre in East Renfrewshire and another facility in Glasgow.

Eastwood Health & Care Centre, to be located in Clarkston’s Drumby Crescent, will be a new-build multi-purpose development for health and social care services, incorporating four GP practices and community health services including clinics, podiatry, physiotherapy, children’s services, adult mental health services, speech therapy, district nursing, health visiting and East Renfrewshire Council’s social work team.

The project is funded by the Scottish Government and developed by hub West Scotland, in partnership with the Scottish Futures Trust, East Renfrewshire Council and NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde.

The health secretary also confirmed investment for another facility in Maryhill, Glasgow.

The Scottish Government will invest a total of £21.7 million in two new centres, £12.4m in Maryhill and £9.3m in Eastwood. East Renfrewshire Council will provide £5.5m towards the cost of the Eastwood centre.

Work will start on site on Monday 27 October.

East Renfrewshire Councillor Alan Lafferty, chair of the CHCP Committee, said: “This is wonderful news for East Renfrewshire and the culmination of a huge amount of partnership work between East Renfrewshire Council, NHS, hub West Scotland and Scottish Futures Trust. I am delighted that work can now begin on building this much needed facility.”

Health Secretary Alex Neil said: “These new centres will serve Eastwood and Maryhill well for decades to come. Along with the Shields Centre, they represent a significant investment by the Scottish Government in the west of Scotland.

“These new buildings are not just good news for the patients and staff of the NHS. Investment on this scale has a tremendously positive effect on the local economy - creating jobs and apprenticeships and helping local businesses.

“The Scottish Government has an investment programme of more than £8 billion over the next two years - supporting around 50,000 full time jobs in Scotland. We remain convinced this is the best way to protect jobs and keep the Scottish economy growing.”

Debbie McNamara, chief executive at hub West Scotland added: “We are delighted to be working with our public and private sector partners on these projects which will deliver significant improvements in the facilities and services available to the Eastwood and Maryhill communities.

“With the confirmation of funding now in place we move into the next exciting stage of development with the project teams lined up to start work on-site this month.”

Morgan Sindall has been appointed by hub West Scotland to lead the construction phase of both projects.

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