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Houldsworth Centre Opens
Patients and staff gave the new Houldsworth Centre the thumbs up when it opened its doors to the public last week.
The new joint health and council community facility in the heart of Wishaw, which is replacing the former Wishaw Health Centre, will host the North Lanarkshire Council library, First-Stop-Shop and housing service.
Coltness woman, Elaine Isaac, said: “The new centre is fantastic. “It looks great from the outside but it is even better inside and, with a range of services all under one roof, it is very handy.
“It’s a real community hub and I’m sure local people will appreciate the amount of thought NHS Lanarkshire and North Lanarkshire Council have put in to create this wonderful facility.”
The new £23million 7800 square metre centre hosts a range of health services including GP and dental practices podiatry, physiotherapy, speech and language therapy, all community treatment room activity, mental health, phlebotomy, public health nurses and long term condition nurses.
Centre administrator, Heather Hutchison, said: “I worked at Wishaw Health Centre for 26 years so I was quite sad to be leaving those premises.
“However, my sadness quickly disappeared once we opened the doors to patients at the Houldsworth Centre.
“I’m really impressed with the size of the building and how bright and airy it feels. You can tell by looking at the patients when they enter the building for the first time how impressed they are too.”
The former health centre building will be demolished to make space for a two-storey car park with 190 spaces.
Colin Sloey, NHS Lanarkshire director of strategic planning and performance, said: “The Houldsworth Centre is a tremendous addition to the town centre allowing people to access a wide range of health and council services in one convenient location.
“This represents a significant investment by NHS Lanarkshire in local health care and shows our commitment to integrated working and to playing our part in the regeneration of the local area.”