The Barrhead Health & Social Care Centre was one of NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde’s (NHSGG&C) earliest developments to address the new ‘model of care’ for health and social care and has formed the basis of briefing for subsequent projects. After two and a half years in operation, the team revisited the facility to discuss its successes and how the community is adapting to the possibilities of the place. The facility integrates a number of local GP practices with primary and community care services into a “one-stop-shop” helping to foster new relationships between the NHS, Local Authority and Third Sector partners. As John Donnelly from NHS GG&C Capital Planning suggests, these centres should:
“Improve access to services, enhance patient care and reduce pressure on acute hospitals”
The new health centre is part of a wider masterplan for the regeneration of Barrhead, the primary objectives of which are to: consolidate public amenities, reconnect the area to the Levern Valley and develop a more strategic approach to parking. The site for the new centre was chosen due to its central location within the town and for being close to the existing health centre that had been deemed unfit for purpose. Building the new centre acted as a catalyst for the implementation of the masterplan as the existing health centre site had been identified as part of this wider regeneration.