MSP welcomes progress on vital community facilities
Posted on November 08, 2013
Hub North Scotland provided a progress report on the new Woodside Fountain Health Centre in Aberdeen during a site visit by MSP Mark McDonald today (Friday, November 8).
The SNP member for Aberdeen Donside was given a tour of the development by representatives from hub North Scotland, which is the driving force behind the planning, procurement and delivery of community-based infrastructure projects across the north of Scotland, and main contractor Miller Construction.
The innovative health centre, on a prominent site between Great Northern Road and Marquis Road, will provide a range of facilities for thousands of patients in the Woodside area. It will replace the existing Woodside Medical Group base.
The building includes 12 consulting rooms, a minor procedures suite and additional treatment and consulting space. An NHS dental practice, with three consulting rooms, also features within the complex as well as a dedicated wing for the health and social care integrated team.
Construction work, which began in May, is progressing on schedule and is due to be completed in April 2014. It is one of a number of key projects hub North Scotland is working on in partnership with the NHS, with the Aberdeen Community Health and Care Village due to be handed over to NHS Grampian by the end of this year.
Angus Macfarlane, chief executive of hub North Scotland, said: “The focus for hub North Scotland is driving improvement to community facilities and the Woodside Fountain Health Centre is a very good example of the excellent work being done in the health care sector.
“The design stems from extensive consultation with those within the community that the centre will serve and from the outset the goal has been to deliver services tailored to the growing patient base.
“We were delighted to welcome Mark McDonald to the site, which is at the heart of his constituency. The building is taking shape and being on the ground gives a real sense of the impact this significant development will have on the area.”
Mark McDonald has welcomed the news that work on the facility is progressing on schedule. The MSP said: “Following a site tour and a presentation from the site manager, I am very impressed with the progress being made with the work on the Woodside Fountain Health Centre.
“This is a fantastic investment in state of the art health facilities in my constituency, and I am delighted that money is being spent on such important projects in the city.
“I can see that the centre will have a huge positive impact upon the community and the facilities on offer will be of great benefit to my constituents. I look forward to returning to visit the completed centre in April 2014”.
The Woodside Fountain Health Centre is part of a project bundle which includes the development of health centres in Forres and Tain. The total value of the three schemes is £13.2m, with NHS Grampian and NHS Highland the project partners and Miller Construction the main contractor.
Charlie Dunn, regional managing director of Miller Construction, added: “We were pleased to have the opportunity to show Mark McDonald the progress we are making on site and to outline the number of community initiatives our team has been involved in. We look forward to delivering another high quality health care facility to serve the local community.”
Jackie Bremner, Project Director NHS Grampian, said: “This is a very exciting development for NHS Grampian, practice staff and the people of Woodside and Tillydrone. The development is key to delivering healthcare services in this area of the city for many years to come."