An innovative new Health & Care Village is being built in the grounds of Stirling Community Hospital. The £35m development has been approved by the Scottish Government and will transform the way services are delivered by bringing a wide range of health, social care, training and GP services together in one location.
The plans will see a the creation of the Bellfield Centre – a new purpose-built facility for older people who require additional short-term care, an assessment or rehabilitation following an illness, an operation or an acute hospital admission. It will also provide support for patients with dementia and those who need palliative or end of life care. Services will be provided in a comfortable, homely environment to help older people recover, regain their independence and, in the majority of cases, return to their own homes. The Bellfield Centre will have the capacity to care for 112 people across four main inpatient areas known as the Thistle Suite, the Wallace Suite, the Argyll Suite and the Castle Suite. It will replace services currently provided in a number of older inpatient wards at Stirling Community Hospital and two local care homes (Allan Lodge and Beech Gardens) which will transfer across to the new facility, as planned, in December 2018.
A new GP & Minor Injuries Centre is also being developed to house a number of existing health services on the community hospital site. These include Minor Injuries Services, X-ray facilities and GP out-of-hours services along with primary care services provided by the Viewfield, Park Avenue, and Park Terrace Practices. In addition, the Scottish Ambulance Service will relocate their existing ambulance station and vehicle workshop in the Riverside area of Stirling to a new facility on the Stirling Health and Care Village site.
Other facilities include a café, hairdresser, landscaped areas and an information area which can be used by local community groups and volunteers.
Forth Valley College is also exploring opportunities for local people who want a career in health and care services to be trained within the new Health and Care Village.
The majority of the new facilities are expected to be operational by Autumn 2018. Final building works, roads and car parking are expected to be completed by Autumn 2019.
The new Health and Care Village is a joint venture by Stirling Council, NHS Forth Valley and the Scottish Ambulance Service and is being developed through hub East Central Scotland (a joint partnership between public and private sector organisations aimed at developing and delivering better local services across East Central Scotland).
Construction Photos March 2018
- Stirling Care Village Full Business Case
- Stirling Community Hospital Outline Master Plan
- Stirling Care Village Initial Agreement
- Stirling Care Village Presentation
- Stirling Care Village FAQs
- Stirling Care Village Information Poster
For more information about the Health & Care Village, please contact the following:
Senior Project Manager, Robertson Construction Group
Programme Director, NHS Forth Valley
Phone: 01786 454593