Investment in innovative services for patients in Scotland
The investment was announced as Deputy Health Minister, Lewis Macdonald, visited the construction site of the Marywell Healthcare Centre for Homeless People in Aberdeen, a one-stop-shop for primary care that has been developed by a partnership of NHS Grampian, Aberdeen City Council and Aberdeen Foyer, plus other organisations.
The Minister commented: ‘For the majority of people in Scotland, contact with the health service begins and ends with primary care. We need to get front line care right for everyone in our society.
‘It is important that the NHS works together with other public service providers such as local councils and the voluntary sector.
‘Bringing services together under one roof can help meet the needs of our local communities.
‘This £15m investment will do just that. The money can be used to support the building of new premises or the upgrade and improvement of existing facilities.’
Commenting on the Marywell Health Centre for Homeless People, Mr Macdonald said: ‘This is an excellent example of organisations working together to deliver first class service for people with specific needs in the local community.
‘Homeless people are particularly vulnerable and often have specific health and social care needs. Too often, NHS and other services have not been able to deliver services to meet these needs.
‘I am pleased to see that those involved in the new centre have developed a model that should improve on the already excellent services for homeless people in the North East area.
‘This new healthcare centre will provide vital care management and housing services for homeless people. It will have a nurse led clinic for minor injuries and illnesses, and will offer services relating to mental health, sexual health and substance misuse, as well as GP and dentistry services for patients, with care management and housing support services also on the doorstep.’