New health hub plans are lodged

Inverurie Hospital
Inverurie Hospital

Plans have been tabled for a multi-million pound health and social care hub in Inverurie.

The proposed £14.6 million facility will serve more than 20,000 patients, making it the largest single health centre in Scotland.

NHS Grampian said the new building, which will be built within the site of the town’s community hospital, includes GP and community health facilities, a public dental and community maternity unit as well as diagnostic and treatment services such as X-ray and cardiology.

Stan Mathieson, project director with NHS Grampian, said: “Inverurie and the surrounding area have grown extremely rapidly over recent years and it is important that ties match that growth.

“The proposed facility will do just that by providing modern, specialist care right in the heart of Inverurie for years to come.”

North East Liberal Democrat MSP Alison McInnes has welcomed the move by health bosses.

She said: “This is good news. It has been a long time coming and is much needed in the ever-expanding town.

“I hope this is the first of a number of such health service developments, for example at Ellon where a new medical centre is also required.”

NHS Grampian say that subject to planning approval, construction work on the hub would begin next year and the building should be operational by 2018.

A further public consultation day will take place at the Acorn Centre in Inverurie on Thursday, November 19, between 11am and 8pm.