£450,000 up­grade of Ruther­glen health cen­tre is com­pleted

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Will Hen­shaw

The half a mil­lion pound pro­jec t to up­grade Ruther­glen Health Cen­tre is now com­plete.

The £ 450,000 project was un­der­taken to cre­ate ad­di­tional ac­com­mo­da­tion in the cen­tral mall space within the pri­mary care cen­tre, lo­cated on Stonelaw Road.

This has al­lowed for ex­ist­ing of­fice space to be con­verted into new clin­i­cal con­sult­ing rooms.

The work was un­der­taken in stages be­tween Jan­uary and April 2015 with the new ser­vices now in place.

A spokesper­son for NHS La­nark­shire says this will “im­prove the va­ri­ety and fre­quency of lo­cal health ser­vices”.

The spokesper­son added the ad­di­tional clin­i­cal space has re­sulted in:

chil­dren and ado­les­cents men­tal health ser­vice (CAMHS) pro­vid­ing around 40 lo­cal clin­i­cal ses­sions.

28 lo­cal clin­i­cal ses­sions for speech and lan­guage ther­apy

10 ad­di­tional lo­cal ses­sions for psy­cho­log­i­cal ther­a­pies.

The ex­tra space has also al­lowed the cen­tre to ac­com­mo­date the new Int e g rated Commu n i t y Sup­port Team ( ICST) which was in­tro­duced at the start of the year for peo­ple in Cam­bus­lang/ Ruther­glen, pro­vid­ing a 24/ 7 sup­port ser­vice.

C r a i g Cu n n i n g ham, head of health for the South La­nark­shire Health and So­cial Care Part­ner­ship, said: “This up­grade work has en­abled us to pro­vide ad­di­tional ser­vices lo­cally be­yond those which were pre­vi­ously avail­able.

“Sim­i­larly, peo­ple in Ruther­glen cur­rently ac­cess men­tal health ser­vices for chil­dren in Glas­gow as part of a wider catch­ment team. How­ever, the change to the child and ado­les­cent men­tal health ser­vice will mean around 40 clin­i­cal ses­sions will be avail­able in the lo­cal com­mu­nity.

“There’s also more lo­cal ses­sions for pa­tients who re­quire psy­chol­ogy and speech and lan­guage ther­apy.”

He added: “We’re con­fi­dent the lo­cal com­mu­nity will ben­e­fit from th­ese de­vel­op­ments and see a greater range of ser­vices be­ing pro­vided in the im­me­di­ate lo­cal­ity with im­proved timescales.”

Up­grade com­plete Ruther­glen Health Cen­tre staff in­clud­ing Ann Marie Stevenson, ser­vice manager; Sam Clark, spe­cial­ist health care sup­port worker; Maria Walsh, com­mu­nity mid­wife; Fiona Smith, com­mu­nity mid­wife; Fiona Chalmers, mid­wife team leader; Robert An­der­son, ICST team leader; Moira Ni­col, op­er­a­tional ser­vices manager; Karen An­der­son, dis­trict nurse.

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