Plans for new health and social care centres gather pace

Plans for two new health and social care hubs in Edinburgh are progressing well.

 
The new £12-million North West Edinburgh Partnership Centre has submitted planning to the City of Edinburgh Council, while plans for the £7-million Firrhill Partnership Centre have now been approved.
 
The development of the new centres is being carried out in partnership between NHS Lothian and the City of Edinburgh Council and once completed will bring increased health and social care services for the local communities of Firrhill, Muirhouse and their surrounding areas.
 
Peter Gabbitas, Joint Director, Edinburgh Health and Social Care Partnership said: “The plans for the North West Edinburgh Partnership centre and Firrhill Partnership Centre are progressing well.
 
“These are excellent examples of the benefits of bringing health and social care services together on one site and in so doing putting children’s health and welfare at the forefront of our services.”
 
Cllr Ricky Henderson, Health, Social Care and Housing Convener, said: “We are committed to providing high quality health and social care within communities, and working in partnership with organisations such as NHS Lothian on projects like the North West Partnership Centre is a great way to ensure this happens.” 
 
Hub South East Scotland Ltd, the Council and NHS Lothian’s development partner, is delivering the projects, having appointed GRAHAM Construction as the contractor to build the new centres.
 
Paul McGirk, Chief Executive, Hub South East Scotland Ltd said: “These key planning milestones mark an exciting step forward in the development of the Partnership Centres, which will make a real difference to local communities. We look forward to continuing our successful partnership with NHS Lothian and the City of Edinburgh, to make these plans a reality.”
 
The approval of the Outline Business Case for both projects is hoped to be received from the Scottish Government in the next few months.
 
Construction of the new Centres is scheduled to start by the summer of 2015 and they will then open in 2016.
The delivery of the North West Edinburgh Partnership Centre and Firrhill Partnership Centre is being undertaken as part of a programme of work which includes the £7.6-million Blackburn Partnership Centre in West Lothian (a partnership between NHS Lothian and West Lothian Council, also delivered through Hub South East Scotland Ltd).
 

Impression of how the new North West Edinburgh Partnership Centre will look
25/07/2014