Construction has started on two new NHS Grampian health facilities.
Work got under way with the cutting of the first turf for a £7.6 million Foresterhill Health Centre in Aberdeen.
The facility will house two GP practices – Elmbank Group Practice and Westburn Medical Group.
It will serve more than 15,000 patients with more than 1,000 appointments a week.
The three-storey health centre will include a retail pharmacy and act as a base for staff from the Aberdeen City Health and Social Care Partnership.
NHS Grampian chairman Professor Stephen Logan said the work is a crucial step in the health boards plan to build £150m in new facilities on the Foresterhill site over the next five years.
He said: “Not only will this offer an opportunity to provide a huge step forward in the standard of facilities available to users of Foresterhill Health Centre, the relocation of the existing building will pave the way for the £150m new ANCHOR cancer centre and Baird Family Hospital.
“These will be truly world class facilities.
“They will also help us attract medical professionals from across the country and further afield.” Meanwhile, construction also started on the new Health and Social Care Hub in one of Scotland’s fastest growing towns.
The state-of-the-art £14.6m health facility in Inverurie will feature 38 consulting rooms, almost double that of the current GP Practice, and initially serve more than 21,000 patients – making it the largest single health centre of its kind in the country.
The building will include GP facilities, a public dental surgery and a community maternity unit.
Project director for NHS Grampian Stan Mathieson said: “From the outset this project has been about than simply providing a new building. It’s been designed in close conjunction with local people to ensure that the healthcare needs of patients – whether now or in the future – are at its very core.”