Thirty-one GP surgeries and health centres, mainly in deprived and rural areas, will share£17m. Each of the successful projects has had to demonstrate that the money will make a real difference to the patient experience.
The money comes from the second phase of the Primary and Community Care Premises Modernisation Programme. Bids for a share of£12m were invited in February but funding has now been increased to accommodate more projects.
Announcing the projects during a visit to Thornliebank Health Centre, which received almost£600,000 from the first phase of the programme, Ms Deacon said:
'This funding programme has now seen almost£33m invested in community-based care. These projects will make a real and lasting contribution to patient care by providing accessible and high quality services in the community.
'Innovation is integral to these projects - health and social care professionals working together to provide better services to patients, services traditionally provided in a hospital setting offered in the community, and smoother journeys through the system for patients.
'Our vision for the health service is one that delivers high quality care at home if possible, in hospital if necessary. That means investing in health services in our communities as well as in our hospitals.'
Projects receiving cash include:
£1.5m for Govanhill Health Centre, where the emphasis will be on a joined-up approach to health and social work services;
£1m for a new integrated GP/local authority service at Dalmellington, East Ayrshire, which will improve dental, mental health, physiotherapy and health promotion facilities;
£700,000 for a new one-stop facility at Callander, which will offer GP, nurse, day care and community health services under one roof;
£170,000 for the conversion of houses in Fortrose, Highlands, which will provide health and social work services, and voluntary services such as Relate and Age Concern.
1. In February the government invited bids from phase two of the Primary and Community Care Premises Modernisation Programme to support the development of GP surgeries and health centres. The successful projects announced today are being given funding totalling£17.4m. Projects must be completed during 2001-02.
2.£15.5m was allocated under phase one of the programme to 43 health centres and other publicly-owned primary care premises. Work on these projects is either ongoing or completed.