Future health plans outlined at meeting between NHS Highland, Grantown Medical Practice and community council
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NHS Highland and Grantown Medical Practice have met with the town’s community council to discuss proposals for the refurbishment of Grantown Health Centre.
The strath’s redesign of health and social care services aims to retain services in both Grantown and Kingussie once the existing hospitals close and the new hospital in Aviemore opens.
The current health centre at Grantown is currently not big enough to accommodate the services – including minor injury, physiotherapy and locally based outpatient clinics – which will be re-located from the hospitals, and requires refurbishment to improve the infrastructure and access.
NHS Highland has been working with the Grantown Medical Practice for the last 18 months to understand current activity on site and to undertake design development to improve infrastructure and create additional space. In addition, the introduction of a new national GP contract will mean more clinical staff such as pharmacists and mental health workers will be based in general practice.
NHS Highland’s lead for the service redesign, Kenny Rodgers, and Dr Al Miles from Grantown Medical Practice presented the latest draft plan for the refurbishment of the health centre at a community council meeting this week.
The presentation outlined plans for a small extension to be added to the existing health centre which will facilitate an additional four consulting rooms in the building. The plans also allow space for the minor injury unit, refurbishment of existing rooms and improved access and waiting area arrangements.
Mr Rodgers said: “The addition of the extension would require the demolition of the central section of the existing building, which was added in the 1960s and connected to the original Ian Charles Hospital. There are a number of advantages to demolishing this central section in addition to accommodating the proposed extension.”