Government Health Minister shows support for Hub development

Scottish Health Minister shows support for #thisiscivilengineering campaign at £27.6m partnership development in Edinburgh.

Maureen Watt MSP, Scottish Minister for Mental Health (third from left) joins developers in North West Edinburgh to mark the start of work on a new Hub health centre.
Maureen Watt MSP, Scottish Minister for Mental Health (third from left) joins developers in North West Edinburgh to mark the start of work on a new Hub health centre.
  • Updated: 07 July, 2016

Partnership Centres in Edinburgh and West Lothian

A trio of Partnership Centres worth £27.6m are being delivered as one project through the Hub initiative is Scotland. Hub South East is developing these new facilities on behalf of NHS Lothian, the City of Edinburgh Council and West Lothian Council, with GRAHAM Construction appointed as the main Contractor.

The start of construction was marked by a visit from Maureen Watt MSP, the Minister for Mental Health to the site in North West Edinburgh on 6th July 2016.

Allermuir Health Centre (formerly the Firrhill Partnership Centre), and the North West Edinburgh (Muirhouse) and Blackburn in West Lothian Partnership Centres, have been designed to make it easier for patients and service users to access services by providing them in a one-stop shop. They are due to be complete in late 2017.

North West Edinburgh Partnership Centre will bring a new GP practice, physiotherapy, podiatry, dentistry voluntary sector services and family and child health and social work services.

Allermuir Health Centre will see new clinical facilities for podiatry, physiotherapy, community nursing and child health. As well as increased capacity for the Craiglockhart and Firrhill Medical Practices.

The Blackburn Partnership Centre will bring a new GP practice, community health centre, dentist, community centre (including sports hall, IT training suite and multi-purpose, early years and young people's spaces), library, Customer Information Service (CIS) centre, employability service, and credit union.

Brian Houston, Chairman of NHS Lothian, said: "I'm delighted that work is now progressing on the North West Edinburgh Partnership Centre and on the other two fantastic new centres. They will help to better connect health, social care and council services in the heart of these communities.

"Bringing services together in one place will help to improve access for communities throughout Edinburgh and West Lothian and will in turn improve health and quality of life."

These centres are very much being designed and constructed as structures which will last for generations, fitting with the 'Building for Life' caption in the #thisiscivilengineering campaign.

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