Thursday, 21 August 2008
Brooksby Medical and Resource Centre opens in Largs
PEOPLE from Largs and the surrounding areas came in their hundreds to get a sneak preview of the new Brooksby Medical and Resource Centre recently. More than 500 locals came along to see the centre when it opened the doors for the first time at an open day earlier this month.
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NHS Ayrshire & Arran director of primary care development Paul Ardin explained: “The open day was all about the public getting the chance to see what they could expect from the new centre. Representatives from NHS Ayrshire & Arran and North Ayrshire Council were on hand to explain how the centre would work, and how it would benefit the local community.
“Those who came along were very impressed with the centre, which is a big improvement on existing facilities. Having health and council services under one roof will make it more convenient for those accessing services.”
[Pictured left to right: David Dunlop, Largs Area Housing Officer – North Ayrshire Council; Roseann Neill, Operational and Performance Improvement Manager - North Ayrshire Community Health Partnership (NA CHP); Carole Blair, Public Partnership Co-ordinator – NA CHP; Mary Urquhart, Nursing Service Co-ordinator – NA CHP, Tom Steele, Assistant Director of Facilities, NHS Ayrshire & Arran; Jennifer McTear, Mechanical and Electrical Consultant - WSP Buildings; Esther Gunn, Customer Services Manager – North Ayrshire Council; Sheila Paisley, Project Manager IT Services - North Ayrshire Council; Alex Adrain, Divisional Housing Manager - North Ayrshire Council; and Morris McTaggart, Managing Director - McTaggart Construction Ltd.]
Within the new centre, there is a therapies suite, which includes podiatry, physiotherapy, occupational therapy and speech and language therapy services. Locals will have access to a full range of community services, including community midwifery, district nurse and health visitor services.
The centre opened on 11 August 2008, when the general medical practice and the care of the elderly day hospital moved in. One week later, Moorburn Clinic and the community elderly mental health team started working from the centre.
[Pictured left to right: Mae Hewitt, District Nursing Sister, Lyn Thorburn, Health Visitor and Mary Canning, Evening Nursing Service Manager settle into their new surroundings.]
Council and health services will work alongside each other within the centre. North Ayrshire Council will move in to the centre during the winter, and will provide social, housing, registration and other related services. This means the people of Largs and the surrounding area will benefit from greater integration and partnership working, and will have improved access to services.
[Pictured left to right: Esther Gunn, Customer Service Manager - North Ayrshire Council and Kate Lawson – Practice Manager in the reception area of the centre.]
North Ayrshire Council leader David O’Neill said: “The interest shown by the Largs residents in the open day shows that this facility will be highly valued.
“I wish the health teams who will be using the new centre this month every success. Council staff will be moving in over the winter so that we have a one-stop shop where health, housing and other needs are met at a central location and where different services can work alongside each other to meet the needs of our residents.”
Paul Ardin added: “By working together, NHS Ayrshire & Arran and North Ayrshire Council have created a custom-built facility for the people of Largs and the surrounding area. This investment is a tremendous facility, and will benefit local people for years to come.”
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