Go-Ahead for Doune Health Centre – Work Starts Soon
Construction work is set to start soon on a new health centre in Doune, following approval of detailed plans.
A Full Business Case for the £2.7million development has been given the green light by the Scottish Government and the new facilities are expected to be operational by Spring 2019.
The new health centre replaces a smaller building which has become overcrowded due to the growing population of the village. It will see a wide range of services delivered locally. These include physiotherapy, podiatry, counselling and could include services to support people with long term conditions such as diabetes, dementia and COPD (a common respiratory disease). In addition, there will be more opportunities to help patients improve their own health by providing extra support and advice on diet, exercise, managing medicines and giving up smoking. Also included are improved facilities for the existing GP practice as well as accommodation for a range of visiting outpatient and services such as antenatal and child health clinics. Around £200,000 is being invested in new equipment, furniture and fittings.
Cathie Cowan, Chief Executive, NHS Forth Valley, said: “The new purpose-built health centre will make it easier and quicker for people to access the care and support they require in their local community and reduce the need to travel to hospital for treatment. It will also provide opportunities to deliver a wider range of health and social care services in the future to provide more seamless, joined-up care.
Health Secretary Shona Robison said: “This £2.7 million investment will modernise and expand Doune Health Centre and ensure communities can access excellent local services that will meet current and future needs for generations to come.”