£122.5m NHS investment in Grampian
The funding is enabling patients in the Grampian area to benefit from a £110 million emergency care centre and a £12.5 million energy centre at Foresterhill Health Campus.
The area is also benefitting from £25.7m investment in projects identified for delivery through revenue funding via the hub initiative.
These include Aberdeen Health Village (£15.5m), Woodside Health Centre (£4.7m) and Forres Health Centre (£5.5m).
The investment has been revealed to coincide with a visit by Public Health Minister Michael Matheson to the Foresterhill Health Campus and the Aberdeen Health Village.
Minister for Public Health Michael Matheson said:
"Having the right facilities, in the right place is important to people across Scotland and that is why we are determined to ensure both staff and patients the length and breadth of the country can work and 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 in Grampian and across the country."
Graeme Smith, Director of Modernisation NHS Grampian, said:
"We’re delighted with this investment – the result of a great deal of hard work by many people in NHS Grampian and of our good working relationship with the Scottish Government. It will play a major part in modernising patient care and the facilities used to support patient care."
The new Energy Centre will ensure that the energy needed for current and future developments on the Foresterhill Campus is available.
It is estimated that it will deliver a 17 per cent reduction in present CO2 emissions, equating to some 4500 tonnes per year and it will also return expected energy savings of around £1 million per year.
Work is underway on the new Emergency Care Centre at Foresterhill in Aberdeen, which will bring together emergency and urgent care services into one building on the Foresterhill site.
The new facility is scheduled for completion at the end of 2013.
Aberdeen Health Village will house a range of community health services, such as dentistry, radiology and sexual health services in one location and is due to open in December 2013.