Dalkeith Health Centre celebrates opening

Dalkeith Health Centre welcomed the first patients through its doors this morning (Monday 26 Sep 2011).

The new £3 million two-storey facility was completed on time in early September and will provide 10 consulting rooms, nine community consulting rooms and three nursing consulting rooms, as well as a range of other treatment rooms. 

As well as Dalkeith Medical Practice staff, including GPs and nurses, the new health centre will provide a range of services including podiatry, physiotherapy, midwifery, speech therapists and community psychiatric nurses.  Accommodation for visiting specialists and voluntary groups is also available.

David Small, General Manager, East and Midlothian Community Health Partnerships, said:

“I am absolutely delighted that the new health centre has opened on time and I’m sure the local community will make full use of the first-class facilities on offer.
“We have worked tirelessly, in partnership, to make sure this new state-of-the-art health centre was ready on schedule and I have no doubt it will help to improve the quality of healthcare offered to the people of Dalkeith and surrounding areas in the years ahead.”

Dr Derek Robertson, Dalkeith Medical Practice, said:

“We are looking forward to continuing to provide quality services to our patients in the new health centre. The building also provides modern facilities in which we can continue to work together with our colleagues in NHS Lothian and the other organisations to provide services for all its users.”

Derek Milligan, Leader, Midlothian Council, said:

“I am happy to see the new health centre open and helping the people of Midlothian. We've done everything we can to help NHS Lothian with the practical details of providing a new base for 21st century community healthcare in Dalkeith.
“This has been a great example of our work in partnership with the NHS and it's the latest in new healthcare investment in Midlothian worth well over £21.5m in the last ten years.”

Marlene Gill, Midlothian Public Partnership Forum for Health member, said:

"I’m delighted to have been able to input into the design of the new health centre from a very early stage through to completion, helping to shape it from a patient’s perspective.
“It truly is a fantastic new facility which I believe will bring huge benefits to the local community. I look forward to further opportunities to develop the positive working relationship between the Practice and the wider public in the future."

Danny Grant, Senior Contracts Manager, Interserve Construction Ltd, said:

“Interserve Construction are proud to have been part of the team that has constructed the new Health Centre. The key to the successful delivery has been the implementation of our company ethos which encourages our site teams to work closely with our clients. 
“Our team on site have taken great pride in what they have achieved in providing the new facility in close association with NHS Lothian. We also wish to thank the Practice for their patience during the construction period.”

All of the services which were provided in the Dalkeith Medical Practice and NHS Lothian Community Services temporary accommodation have moved to the new health centre.

The health centre also includes a physiotherapy gym and garden. The older people’s welfare hall has also been rebuilt with its own entrance as part of the new health centre development.