SCOTTISH Government have given approval to the Initial Agreement for the proposed Inverurie Health Campus Project located at the Inverurie Hospital site.
The approval means that NHS Grampian can now progress on to the next stage, the Outline Business Case.
Mike Ogg, deputy general manager for strategy and integration within Aberdeenshire Community Health Partnership, welcomed the Scottish Government agreement, saying, “This is a huge opportunity to provide 21stcentury integrated health and social care services from a single site. A project board and a project team are now in place and will be responsible for completing the actions required for the outline business case.
“The current medical practice is no longer big enough for the growing population and no longer meets the needs of modern healthcare building standards. This step forward in the process will be a catalyst for future local developments.”
NHS Grampian say that the public and stakeholders will continue to be engaged around the plans for the new Health Centre.
Health Secretary Alex Neil said, “Having the right health facilities and services, in the right place is important to patients across Scotland and that is why I am delighted that such a wide range of projects have taken a significant step forward.
“By developing purpose build, modern community health facilities for our rural communities we will ensure that patients the length and breadth of the country can be treated in the best possible surroundings.
“This significant investment in health building projects clearly sets out the strength of our commitment to the NHS in Scotland, and will mean that we can provide more sustainable, high quality and continually improving health care services close to home right across the country.”
Inverurie Health Centre and maternity unit are two of the NHS Grampian’s priority projects.
The project will also retain the Grade B listed buildings on site which date from 1936 and are described as a “splendid complex embodying most of the elements of the Modern Movement”.