£8.2m Blackburn partnership centre opens

Health, council & community services will all be accessible in the new facility

Wednesday 13th March 2019

A new GP practice and community health centre are some of the facilities now accessible to local residents after the opening of the Blackburn partnership centre.

A collaboration between West Lothian Council and NHS Lothian, the centre includes library, employability and council services and there are plans to locate a dental practice on the site.

Officially opening the facility on the 12th March, chair of the West Lothian Integration Joint Board, Martin Hill, said:

"It's great to officially open the new centre where the Council, NHS Lothian and care providers have worked together to make sure the right services are in place to support people in this fantastic facility.

"This is another example of an effective partnership approach, good for people and good for improving health in Blackburn.

"NHS Lothian is committed to the partnership centre model for communities such as Fauldhouse and Strathbrock in Broxburn, and I'm confident this substantial investment of public funds will benefit Blackburn residents for many years to come."

The Blackburn project is part of a £27.6m programme of NHS Lothian works which also includes the £12.1m North West Edinburgh (Muirhouse) partnership centre and the £7.3m Firrhill partnership centre in Edinburgh.

Depute leader of West Lothian Council, Kirsteen Sullivan, added: "I'm delighted to be part of the official opening of the fantastic new Blackburn Partnership Centre.

"This superb new facility is already creating a real hub for the village, by bringing together services in one central location. This investment will ensure the Blackburn community has a first class facility for services at the heart of the village.

"West Lothian Council has a strong track record of delivering new partnership centres to bring vital services together for communities including Armadale, Bathgate, East Calder and Linlithgow, and work has already started on a new partnership centre for Whitburn."