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Scottish government funds new community health centres

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Two community health centres will be set up in Glasgow and East Renfrewshire, after £21.7 million of funding was made available by the Scottish Government.

The new centres were announced by Scottish health secretary Alex Neil, and will offer numerous community support services, including physiotherapy, children's services, adult mental health services, speech therapy, district nursing and health visiting.

The funding will be provided by the Scottish Government, in partnership with the Scottish Futures Trust, East Renfrewshire Council and NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde. The funding will be split between the two centres with the Glasgow site receiving £12.4 million, while Eastwood, in East Renfrewshire, will receive £9.3 million. East Renfrewshire Council will contribute £5.5 million to the Eastwood site.

Robert Calderwood, chief executive of NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde said: 'These new health centres in Eastwood and Maryhill will provide both communities with excellent high quality, modern health care services in accommodation fit for the 21st century.'

Alex Neil said: 'They represent a significant investment by the Scottish Government in the west of Scotland. These new buildings are not just good news for the patients and staff of the NHS. Investment on this scale has a tremendously positive effect on the local economy – creating jobs and apprenticeships and helping local businesses.

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