community, health, public sector

£8m health complex treats 50,000 patient

A PIONEERING Lothian health complex has treated its 50,000th patient.

The £8 million Leith Community Treatment Centre, just off Great Junction Road, was opened last July by the then health minister Malcolm Chisholm.

It provides a wide range of outpatient and day services for adults and children living in Leith and surrounding areas of north-east Edinburgh. Until it opened, many patients had to travel across the city to access services from a range of hospitals.

More than 250 people – made up of dedicated staff and visiting doctors and clinicians – work from the centre, delivering services like radiology, physiotherapy, blood tests, and minor surgery. The centre also has a dedicated day hospital for elderly people, offering assessment and rehabilitation treatments, including a gym.

The centre – bringing hospital services to the heart of the city – is the first of its kind in Scotland. Health bosses say it helps patients by providing vital NHS care closer to their homes.

Brian Cavanagh, Chair of NHS Lothian, said: “We are extremely proud of the success of the treatment centre, which means many people can get things like physiotherapy or minor operations, without having to travel out of Leith to the different hospitals.

“We have a terrific team at the centre and I’d like to thank them for all their hard work over the past year. Here’s to treating the next 50,000 patients.”

Consultants from the Royal Hospital for Sick Children, Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh and Western General Hospital visit the treatment centre run outpatient clinics.

Other services on offer include ECGs, midwifery, help for people with learning disabilities, and X-rays.

The Community Treatment Centre (CTC) is also the base for: old age psychiatry and alcohol services; community dental services (for patients with special needs); speech and language therapy for children; podiatry (foot care); school nurses; and social workers. There’s even a WRVS shop.

The centre is also home to a team of porters and cleaners and an estates team responsible for the maintenance and upkeep of the facility.

At first the treatment centre was earmarked to open in a refurbished Leith Hospital. But then a brownfield site in Junction Place became available, allowing the CTC to be purpose-built from scratch, with patient comfort and convenience at the heart of the design.

Issued by ADRIAN MAHONEY of The PR Store
on behalf of NHS Lothian