Published: 27/07/2010 00:00 - Updated: 25/11/2011 10:31

Doors open on £12m health care centre

NAIRN'S new Primary Care Centre opens its doors to patients today.

The facility brings together community and hospital care on the one site on Cawdor Road - the hospital was opened last year.

Around 145 GPs, nurses, midwives, therapists, social workers and support staff will be based in the centre with direct access to the hospital.

They have been moving into the building over the last week.

A five-surgery dental practice will open next month and an official opening ceremony for what will be the largest and most integrated health development in Scotland is scheduled for September.

The centre includes 22 consulting rooms, a minor surgery room, conference room and office space for two GP practices; the Lodgehill Clinic and the Ardersier branch surgery. It also includes offices and meeting space for a range of community staff.

Lodgehill Clinic GP Dr Adrian Baker is clinical lead for the Nairn and Ardersier area of NHS Highland.

"This is a historic moment for this locality and the realisation of a vision that has been held for over two decades by the community and staff," he said.

"To have all health and social services integrated on one site is a once in a lifetime achievement, to put this into perspective, the most recent health development in Nairn was Lodgehill Clinic in 1961."

The development is being provided in a partnership between NHS Highland, the two GP surgeries, Highland Council and specialist healthcare developer Prime.

Council convenor and Nairn councillor Sandy Park, is delighted. "This is a wonderful facility for Nairn," he said.

The council is moving staff from the Corsee Centre to the building, including those involved in community care, children and families, occupational therapy, home care, fostering and adoption and youth action.

The hospital and care centre, developed by Prime Plc and built by Morrison Construction, cost £12 million.

The centre is on three floors and includes a waiting area with electronic touch-screen patient check-in facilities.

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