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Scottish Government approves outline business case for Kilsyth Community Health Centre

Written by Scott Campbell.
Published at 19:12 GMT on Monday, May 20th, 2013.

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KILSYTH is closer to having a new state-of-the- Community Health Centre after the Outline Business Case for the development was approved by the Scottish Government’s Health Directorate’s (SGHD) Capital Investment Group (CIG).

The plans will see the planning and construction of a purpose-built, modern community health centre providing a wide range of services including GP practice, mental health, podiatry, physiotherapy, speech and language, NHS dental practice and other local clinics, in a £7.8 million development, which will be located next to the swimming pool in Kilsyth town centre.

The new facility will be around double the size of the existing health centre at Burngreen Park, which it will replace – with the new facility all in the name of “first class” health services for Kilsyth, NHS Lanarkshire’s chief executive Ian Ross told Cumbernauld Media.

Mr Ross said: “Our aim is to deliver a first class health centre for the people of Kilsyth.

"This is an exciting development that will offer excellent premises for a wide range of local health services including additional local services.

"Approval of the Outline Business Case marks another significant step towards the development of the new facility.”

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Extensive work has taken place with staff and other stakeholders to ensure the building meets the needs of patients and delivers high quality community health services.

Car parking has also been carefully considered so that the planning application includes sufficient spaces to meet the needs of patients and staff visiting new facility.

Health Secretary Alex Neil said: "Having the right facilities in the right place is important to people across Scotland and this development is a prime example of how continued investment in our NHS is benefiting patients, by providing them with quality care as close to home as possible.

“Investment in health is a top priority for the Scottish Government and we have committed to spending over £2 billion on improving NHS infrastructure over four years.”

The new Kilsyth Community Health Centre is part of a package of proposals to develop three new health centres in East Kilbride, Wishaw and Kilsyth, making a total investment of circa £56 million. If given approval, the procurement of the new projects will be through the ‘Hub’ process and not through the traditional capital funding route.

If the projects are given approval to proceed, NHS Lanarkshire hopes to complete the new Kilsyth Community Health Centre by summer 2015.

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