The new £3 million Dalkeith Health Centre has been completed on time and is on course to open its doors to the local community by the end of the month.
The new, larger two-storey development will provide ten consulting rooms, nine community consulting rooms, three nursing consulting rooms as well as a range of other treatment rooms.
As well as Dalkeith Medical Practice staff, including GPs and nurses, the new health centre will provide a range of services including podiatry, physiotherapy, midwifery, speech therapists and community psychiatric nurses. Accommodation for visiting specialists and voluntary groups is also available.
David Small General Manager, East and Midlothian Community Health Partnerships, NHS Lothian said: “I am absolutely delighted that the health centre is ready and that we can provide a first-class service to patients. I am confident that patients and their relatives and friends will enjoy the many benefits that a new, modern facility can offer.
Derek Milligan, leader, Midlothian Council, said: “We've done everything we can to help NHS Lothian with the practical details of providing a new base for 21st century community healthcare in Dalkeith. It will be great to see the new building open and helping the people of Midlothian.”
Dr Derek Robertson, Dalkeith Medical Practice, said: “We are looking forward to continuing to provide quality services to our patients in the new health centre. The building also provides modern facilities in which we can continue to work together with our colleagues in NHS Lothian and the other organisations to provides services for all its users.”
Marlene Gill, Midlothian Public Partnership Forum for Health member, said: “I welcomed the opportunity to be involved in the planning of the new centre from a very early stage, through to completion. My particular interests were on access, signage, ease of movement around the building and the reception area design.
“The Forum looks forward to further opportunities to develop the positive working relationship between the Practice and the wider public.”
Danny Grant, Senior Contracts Manager, Interserve Construction Ltd, said: “We are delighted to have worked as Principal Contractor, in close collaboration with NHS Lothian, their Design Team and the other Stakeholders in the successful delivery of this new facility. This will undoubtedly be of great benefit to the local community.”
The health centre also includes a physiotherapy gym and garden. The older people’s welfare hall has also been rebuilt with its own entrance as part of the new health centre development.
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