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20/12/13 10:10

£51 million NHS investment

Over 89,000 to benefit from three new health centres.

Construction will start early next year on three new health centres in Lanarkshire, Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon confirmed today.

The £51 million project will see health centres constructed in Wishaw, East Kilbride and Kilsyth serving over 89,000 residents.

hub South West Scotland Limited is the company responsible for delivering the new centres which will be built by main contractor Graham Construction.

The Lanarkshire facilities are part a pipeline of projects worth £250 million which will deliver health centres and community hospitals across Scotland over the next three years.

Construction on the Lanarkshire project is expected to take around 19 months, with a projected completion in summer 2015.

The Scottish Government’s investment in schools, hospitals, roads and other infrastructure is set to top £3.24 billion in 2013-14, supporting more than 40,000 jobs across the Scottish economy.

Ms Sturgeon said:

"It is important that people across Scotland have access to the best health facilities. That is why we are investing hundreds of millions in infrastructure to ensure both staff and patients can work and be treated in the best possible surroundings.

“The construction project will provide a boost for the local economy, creating new jobs and apprenticeships, and will ultimately result in three new purpose-built, modern health facilities, benefiting patients across Lanarkshire.

“This project is being delivered by the Scottish Government in partnership with hub South West Scotland, NHS Lanarkshire and North Lanarkshire Council, who have each provided significant funding towards the project. I am grateful to everyone who has played a part in helping us reach this very important milestone.”

NHS Lanarkshire said: Ian Ross, Chief Executive, NHS Lanarkshire, said:

“We are delighted to be moving ahead with our aim of delivering three new first class health centres for the people of Lanarkshire working with our partners North Lanarkshire Council and South Lanarkshire Council. They are exciting developments that will provide excellent premises for a wide range of community health services and allow us to introduce additional local services.

“These three health centres build upon the substantial investment we have made in recent years in new local primary care and community services in Lanarkshire. Their development will mean we will complete the second phase of our primary care capital invest programme ahead of schedule.”

hub South West’s Chairman, John McClelland CBE, said:

“We are delighted to be enabling joint working and collaboration across North Lanarkshire Council, South Lanarkshire Council and NHS Lanarkshire.

“hub South West Scotland is committed to delivering these fantastic new facilities and is very pleased that we have been able to involve so many local businesses, providing training and employment opportunities which will benefit the local economy.

Councillor Jim McCabe, leader of North Lanarkshire Council, said:

“This investment will provide outstanding facilities for the people of our communities. The council has invested heavily to ensure, where possible, we put in place focal points for these towns with joined-up services available to all.”

Councillor Eddie McAvoy, Leader of South Lanarkshire Council, said:

“South Lanarkshire Council is delighted to be working with partners to deliver the best available health centre facilities for the community.”

Scottish Futures Trust’s John Hope, director of the national hub programme, said:

“Working in collaboration with NHS Lanarkshire and hub South West Scotland, SFT has grouped these three individual health centres together into one revenue financed project to be delivered through the hub programme.

“This allows construction to start now rather than wait for many more years for traditional capital funding to become available.”

Gary Holmes, regional director for GRAHAM Construction said:

“These new facilities in Wishaw, East Kilbride and Kilsyth will be constructed to the very highest standards and we will incorporate the latest technologies and materials to ensure they are the most state-of-the-art, sustainable and energy efficient in Scotland.

“GRAHAM prides itself on providing jobs and opportunities for local suppliers and sub-contractors and we look forward to building on our existing good relationships with the local supply chain."

Notes to editors

hub South West Scotland is a public private partnership that enables cost-efficient design and construction of community facilities within South West Scotland.

For further information about the three new centres and hub South West, please call Michael McBrearty, hub South West Scotland on 01294 225287.