Stirling Care Village – Community Information Event

Local people, community groups and businesses across Stirling are being invited to come along and find how work is progressing on the new Stirling Care Village at a community information event.

The event, takes place on Wednesday 25th January 2017 in the lecture theatre on the ground floor of Stirling Community Hospital. Drop in sessions will run from 2.00pm – 4.00pm with a presentation at 2.30pm and 6.30pm – 8.30pm, with a presentation at 7pm. There will be a short presentation, the opportunity to see site plans and an update on the construction timetable.  Staff involved in the project will also be on hand to answer questions.

The new £35m 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).

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 plans will see the creation of a new Care Hub for older people who require additional short-term care, an assessment or rehabilitation following an illness, an operation or an acute hospital admission. The Care Hub will also provide specialist support for patients with dementia and those who require palliative and end of life care.  Services will be delivered in a modern, purpose-built facility with more than 100 short-stay care beds. This will ensure older people are cared for in comfortable, homely environment to help them recover, regain their independence and, in the majority of cases, return to their own homes

A new Primary and Urgent Care Centre will also be 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 a number of local GP practices which plan to relocate to the new Centre. In addition, the Scottish Ambulance Service plans to relocate their existing ambulance station and workshop in the Riverside area of Stirling to a new facility on the Stirling Community Hospital site.

Forth Valley College is also keen to explore opportunities for people who want a career in health and care services to be trained within the new Care Village as this has the potential to provide a wide range of employment, training, placement and volunteering opportunities for local young people.