The new £21.7m Clydebank Health and Care Centre in West Dunbartonshire has opened its doors.
Situated next to the iconic Titan Crane, the state-of-the-art facility brings a wide range of health and social care services in Clydebank under one roof for the first time.
The ambitious Queens Quay project will serve around 47,000 people in the area.
As well as six GP surgeries, it also features physiotherapy services, treatment rooms, podiatry, Care at Home, mental health services, sexual health services and more.
The building will be home to 340 staff and will provide a base for an additional 300 support workers from Care at Home.
The project has been delivered by NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde (NHSGGC), West Dunbartonshire Health and Social Care Partnership and West Dunbartonshire Council in partnership with hub West Scotland and the Scottish Futures Trust.
Funding was provided by the Scottish Government.
The new centre is the second building completed within the Queens Quay masterplan.
Together with Queens Quay House, West Dunbartonshire HSCP’s new residential care home, the centre completes the Queens Quay Health Quarter.
Professor John Brown CBE, NHSGGC chairman, highlighted that this is the sixth new health and care centre to be opened by the health board and its partners in the last few years.
He added: “It has been delivered on budget and exceeds all of our expectations.
“In spite of challenging circumstances brought about by the pandemic, the contractor, design team and project team were able to deliver the building with just a minimal delay.
“I have every confidence that the people of Clydebank will be equally pleased with the result when they start coming through the doors.”
Beth Culshaw, chief officer at West Dunbartonshire HSCP, heralded the opening as a “very proud moment”.
She added: “It was once a dream and is now a stunning reality.
“I know my staff and our colleagues in primary care and the voluntary sector are excited and proud to be starting a new era in health and social care in such a beautiful, purpose-built facility.
“It offers us real opportunities to work more closely with GPs and it will also provide space for Third Sector and community groups to offer support and information to local people.”
As well as being a state-of-the-art clinical facility, the design and content of the building were influenced by a community-led art strategy.
Unique features celebrating the essence of Clydebank can be spotted on the corten steel gates, reception desk, and on the curtains and window films.
Ms Culshaw added: “We can’t wait to start welcoming in our patients old and new and have confidence it will serve their needs well for many years to come.”