Alex Neil conducts the official opening of Glenrothes’ new, £5.8m state-of-the-art health centre
The completion of NHS Fife’s new £5.8 million Glenwood Health Centre has been described as a shining example of the Scottish Government’s commitment to health care in the 21st century.
That was the view of Alex Neil, Cabinet Secretary for Health and Wellbeing when he visited Glenrothes to conduct the official opening of the new, state-of-the-art facility.
The centre houses both the Glenwood and Lomond GP surgeries as well as a range of community-based service including dietetics, podiatry, physiotherapy and district nursing.
And as the latest addition to over £200 million worth of investment into Fife health provision, Mr Neil said the centre displayed an “acute awareness of the need for the need for quality primary and secondary health care in the region”.
He added: “This wonderful new facility allows local staff and practitioners to provide care in a state-of-the-art environment with bigger, lighter and brighter spaces that will enhance their patient’s experience of both GP and community services.
“High quality health services as close to home as possible is what the people of Scotland want, and that is something this Government is determined to give them.
“I am delighted this development is now open to the local communities in Glenrothes and I would thank everyone involved in making this happen.”
Andrew Roger, chairman of Glenrothes and North East Fife Community Health Partnership, welcomed Mr Neil to the new facility ahead of an unveiling of a plaque to commemorate the occasion. He also praised NHS Fife chairman Allan Burns as a man who was prepared to push health care in Fife forward.
“Allan is a ‘can do’ man who has an excellent approach to achieving the best for the region,” he said.
“The new facility provides an enhanced working environment for the GP surgeries and community services to deliver a better patient experience for the local population they serve.”
Mr Burns said the new facility was a welcome addition to the new town.
“There is a stark difference between what we have now and what was here before and it’s excellently positioned at the heart of several communities within the town,” he added.
The centre replaces the original Napier Road facility that was built in the 1960s and which was later condemned in 2001.
Glenrothes MSP Tricia Marwick has fought continuously for the last decade for the centre to be replaced said the new building would deliver the quality of service well into the future.
“There has been no capital building in Glenrothes for over 20 years, but recently we’ve seen the completion of the Michael Woods Centre, the new Auchmuty High School, a new dental practice and now this wonderful new health centre, which I’ve been calling for now for over a decade.”
She added: I have campaigned for a new health centre since I was elected, I am pleased that the people of the West of Glenrothes now finally have the quality health facilities that they deserve. “