A plaque has been unveiled marking the grand opening of Aberdeen’s new multi-million-pound health centre.
The £7.6 million three-storey Foresterhill Health Centre is now ready to welcome patients to its new base near Aberdeen Royal Infirmary.
The centre houses two GP practices – Elmbank Group Practice and Westburn Medical Group – and will serve more than 15,000 patients, with more than 1,000 appointments per week.
The new centre also features a Boots pharmacy and will act as a base for staff at Aberdeen City Health and Social Care Partnership, including health visitors, district nurses, occupational therapy and community midwifery.
NHS Grampian chairman Professor Stephen Logan said: “This is a great moment for us as an organisation, but more important is the difference the facility will make for thousands of patients.
“In addition to the vastly enhanced GP facilities for Elmbank and Westburn, the new health centre allows us to bring together staff from across a range of disciplines in a single setting.
“That will have real benefits by allowing health and social care staff to work together to provide a seamless service.”
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The addition of the centre is a key part of wider plans to build £150m of new facilities on the Foresterhill Health Campus.
Prof Logan added: “While this new building is a huge step forwards for Foresterhill Health Centre, the demolishing of the previous facility also paves the way for the new £150m Anchor cancer centre and Baird Family Hospital on that site.
“They will be some of the finest health facilities anywhere in the world and it will be a huge honour to have them here in the north-east.”
Westburn Medical Group GP Dr Bill Reith said: “We know from informal patient feedback that they really like it and that it’s much more modern.
“They also like that there are so many services based here, and that will increase to be much more integrated and I’m sure they will benefit from that.”