Monday, 24 June 2013

Wester Hailes Healthy Living Centre

Was delighted to have a sneak preview and brief tour of the new Wester Hailes Healthy Living Centre this morning (at 8am!). It was in fact a photo opportunity ahead of the formal hand over in a couple of weeks and the official opening later this summer. Its an impressive building with some great spaces taking advantage of the natural light that seems to fill every nook and cranny. Was also delighted to be able to invite representatives from the WH Community Council who have supported the project throughout. Services based here will of course serve the south west of the city but achieving this new centre in the heart of the community has been a huge issue for Wester Hailes and represents another major step forward in the regeneration of the area. The ground floor is given over to service delivery to patients and clients and upstairs is an open plan space where professionals from many disciplines across Council and NHS services will be co-located and can work together to better effect. Still some hard work ahead as about 330 staff are scheduled to move in but it does look like a great place to work or receive vital services.

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