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Meetings about new health centre for Keith


By Alistair Whitfield


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WHAT would be included within a new health and social care centre for Keith?

A series of events in the coming weeks have been designed to start providing answers to that question.

If it goes ahead, the new facility will be a first of its kind in Moray, incorporating a wide range of services on one site.

The Keith and East Locality project, known as KELP, has been running for several months now.

Its manager, Susan Pellegrom, said: "This is hugely exciting for Keith and the surrounding areas. The current GP practice continues to deliver high quality interventions, but is limited by the environment.

"We held a public meeting at the end of July on one of the hottest evenings of the year. It was really well attended and lots of ideas and suggestions were made. This was also the case at the Keith Show.

"The next step is our workshops and this is where we are looking for as many folk from the communities to come along. We’ll be talking about what is needed and how it could be delivered."

Health and Social Care Moray has been working with the public, NHS Grampian, Moray Council and other stakeholders on project.

Pam Dudek, the organisation's chief officer, said: "This project has the potential to be a significant community asset.

"We need people who will use health services in the area to tell us what they want to see

"So far, the response has been really positive and we are keen to build on that.

"So, come along, find out how you can play your part and let’s get something that we all be proud to have in Keith, where we can deliver services locally."

The three workshops will be held from 1pm-5pm at Longmore Hall on Tuesday, September 24; Thursday, October 10; and Thursday, November 7.

You can book your place by calling 01343 567187 or by emailing involvement@moray.gov.uk

If you are unable to attend you can complete a simple survey at hscmoray.co.uk

Click on the website's link to Keith and East Locality.

Next, click on the subheading for 'What's matters to you'.

Answers from the survey held at Keith Show can also be found on the website.

The public identified parking and a reception area which offers privacy as the two most important factors according to the public.



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