The headline points:

  • South Lanarkshire Health and Social Care Partnership is holding a drop in session focusing on the first phase of significant plans to
    modernise care·
  • Come along and hear all about a brand new health and social care hub that is opening in the heart of Blantyre
  • There will be lots of scope to tell us your views and opportunities to shape the community hub
  • The information day will be held at Blantyre Miners Welfare on Wednesday 31st July 2019 between 2pm and 7pm.
    All are welcome to attend.

What is the purpose of the event?
In essence, it’s to give people the chance to come along and find out about the plans for a state-of-the-art, new-build facility at the site of the former St Joseph’s school in Blantyre, which is now subject to the normal planning process.

It’s also very much about the bigger picture: in effect we want to keep the community fully updated about what we’re doing, how we’re doing it and, crucially, the reasons why.

So why the need for this investment?
We are developing a model of care that will enhance our ability to meet changing care needs, particularly in light of significant population change. This situation is not just about us working to national policy. It’s also about responding to what we’re hearing loud and clear. The public have told us – in various forms of dialogue – that, where at all possible, they would prefer to be cared for in their own homes.

How can this shift be attained now?
As we continue to strengthen many of our community-based supports, increasingly, people who might previously have moved into a care home on a long term basis because of ill health and/or increasing dependency can be supported in their own home. The ongoing programme of modernising our care homes seeks to build on this desire for ‘home first’ care and support. The programme will also be built on the strong partnership foundations that are making this increase in independent living possible.

So, what will the new Care Hub in Blantyre/Hamilton Locality look like?
The new Care Hub (architect’s drawing above) will serve South Lanarkshire and has four distinct elements:

  • 20 transitional care beds for adults and older people (intermediate/transitional care offers short term support with the objective of allowing people to return home following a period of ill health or crisis Transitional care can also be preventative, preventing hospital admission)
  • A centre of excellence – specialising in training and development of health and social care staff. Although unique to the proposed Hamilton/Blantyre facility, this will support all localities
  • A community-facing hub featuring: a café; demonstration site (showcasing our Telehealth technology and how that can improve lives); guidance and support for unpaid carers; linkage and signposting into a raft of community-based voluntary and third sector supports
  • 20 technology enabled homes for adults and older people.

Overall, the focus is on the desire for people to remain at home when possible and appropriate. This is also geared to supporting the increasing number of unpaid carers in our communities.

Why should I visit the drop in event?
Key members of staff will be on hand to tell you more about the multi-million pound investment, the overall ethos and the spirit of innovative partnership working and services that characterise a model of care ready for the future – and the needs of local people.
We also want to listen to your views.

The event is also part of the partnership’s commitment to being open and fully transparent. We’ve embarked on widespread engagement already with stakeholders and communities and will continue to do so.

What if I can’t attend?
We intend to continue our engagement after this event and more details will follow in the near future. We also have a presentation team that can come to small groups. Please call 01698 453700 for more details.