Multi-agency Park­head health hub given 2023 open­ing date

Evening Times - - NEWS - BY CATHERINE HUNTER Lo­cal Democ­racy Re­porter

A NEW health and so­cial care hub de­vel­oped in the East End of Glas­gow is ex­pected to open by 2023.

The state-of-the-art com­plex will be cre­ated at the for­mer Park­head Hos­pi­tal site on Sala­manca Street, across from the Forge Shop­ping Cen­tre, and ac­com­mo­date GP fa­cil­i­ties, phar­ma­cies and den­tal surg­eries.

It will ben­e­fit the east end and north east of Glas­gow and im­prove ser­vices by pro­vid­ing a fit for pur­pose en­vi­ron­ment for pa­tients and staff.

Glas­gow City Coun­cil has con­firmed the site, which has strong pub­lic ac­cess links, has been iden­ti­fied.

Com­mu­nity con­sul­ta­tions are on­go­ing and the pub­lic is ex­pected to pro­vide ad­vice on what they want the hub to in­clude over the com­ing months.

An update was pro­vided to the Bail­lieston area part­ner­ship.

Bar­bara Adza­jlic, of Glas­gow health and so­cial care part­ner­ship, said: “This hub will bridge to­gether all the ser­vices in the area.

“We are build­ing some­thing new and mod­ern which will make it eas­ier for peo­ple to ac­cess the ser­vices they need.

“So far we have iden­ti­fied that we want to de­velop in Park­head and are now de­sign­ing the build­ing. We also hope this will re­duce the num­ber of hos­pi­tal ad­mis­sions and im­prove ar­eas like Park­head and Shet­tle­ston.”

Ser­vices ex­pected to be avail­able at the hub in­clude spe­cial­ist chil­dren’s ser­vices (in­clud­ing ad­vice for chil­dren’s men­tal well­be­ing), re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion ser­vices, dis­trict nurs­ing, so­cial work chil­dren and fam­ily teams, men­tal health ser­vices for older peo­ple as well as learn­ing dis­abil­ity fa­cil­i­ties.

Meet­ing rooms will be made avail­able for peer and sup­port groups as well as re­cov­ery cafes for those over­com­ing ad­dic­tion.

Ms Adza­jlic con­tin­ued: “It will be more straight for­ward to ac­cess ser­vices if they are all in the one place.

“Pub­lic con­sul­ta­tion has been on­go­ing since 2017.

“We will now as the com­mu­nity what they want incorporat­ed into the de­sign’s whether it be pub­lic trans­port or park­ing fa­cil­i­ties.”

It is hoped the busi­ness plan will be sub­mit­ted by Jan­uary 2021 with ser­vices op­er­at­ing by 2023.

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