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What next for buildings making way for new hospital in Aviemore?

By Gavin Musgrove

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The new Badenoch and Strathspey Hospital building which is now home to Aviemore GP Practice.
The new Badenoch and Strathspey Hospital building which is now home to Aviemore GP Practice.

Communities can have their say on the future of building made redundant by the opening of the new £20m Badenoch and Strathspey Community Hospital.

NHS Highland has said that a range of conditions as well as price will be taken into consideration before decisions are made on the future of the four premises that have been vacated.

They are Ian Charles Hospital in Grantown, Aviemore Health Centre, Rathvan House in Aviemore and St Vincent's Hospital in Kingussie.

However, the Grantown hospital is to get a new lease of life in the health service for the next year.

The town's health centre is to be refurbished as part of the overhaul of NHS services in the area.

This will be carried out on a phased basis, starting with the refit of Ian Charles Hospital to allow services currently delivered at the health centre – such as GP and nurse appointments, physio and visiting clinicians – to move in.

This temporary move will enable the building work to commence at the medical practice itself with services returning once the work is completed

An NHS Highland spokeswoman said: "NHS Highland follows the NHS Scotland Property Transaction Handbook to dispose of redundant NHS properties at a price and on other conditions which are the best obtainable for the public interest at that time.

"The process involves offering the property to public sector partners in the first instance such as the local authority, housing association and then for sale on the open market.

"Under the Community Empowerment Act, communities through their local community body can express an interest in the future of any building for community use.

"This would form an application to the local health board.

"In Badenoch and Strathspey, the process for disposal of redundant properties will commence as each building becomes available following decommisioning."

Work got under way in the summer on an extension for Kingussie Medical Practice to accommodate some of the outpatients services that were run at nearby St Vincent’s Hospital.

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