Public meeting for new Health Hub

The new Health and Social Care facility could replace the existing Ellon Medical Practice
The new Health and Social Care facility could replace the existing Ellon Medical Practice

The Aberdeenshire Health and Social Partnership (AHSCP) is embarking on the first stage of a project to provide new Health & Social Care facilities in Ellon.

The AHSCP and NHS Grampian are seeking to secure funding from the Scottish Government’s Health and Social Care Directorate through what is known as a HubCo project.

Each HubCo project packages a number of projects together in order to get the maximum benefit from each investment.

To access funding the Programme Board must submit an Initial Agreement, which sets out why new facilities are needed, indicative costs and what primary care and social care services might be delivered from each new hub.

To ensure the community is at the heart of the project the AHSCP has organised a public event to ask people from the area what is most important to them about how they access Primary Health and Social Care.

Rhona Atkinson, Chair of the Aberdeenshire Integration Joint Board (IJB) said: “This is a real opportunity for communities to be at the very heart of the design and delivery of a new health and social care hub.

“We have recently seen the opening of the Inverurie Health and Social Care Hub, which is a fantastic facility, and this is an opportunity to be involved in the development of equally wonderful facilities in your community.

“This is just the very first step in what will undoubtably be a long process, but we will keep our communities informed about progress at each step on the road.”

Cllr Anne Stirling, Vice Chair of the Aberdeenshire IJB, said: “Through these events it will become clear what is most important to people and, whilst we may not be able to deliver everything that people may want, it is really important that local people feel a sense of ownership of these two projects. We want to make sure that any new facilities fit the needs of the communities that they will serve, now and long into the future.”

The public event will be held at the New Inn Hotel on Tuesday, April 30 from 3-7pm.

An online survey will be launched in the coming weeks to ensure that everyone has an opportunity to make their voices heard even if they cannot attend the sessions in person.