New £7 mil­lion med­i­cal cen­tre set to open af­ter long cam­paign

Evening Express (City Final) - - UK & Abroad -

A NEW med­i­cal prac­tice is to open next month af­ter a 20-year fight for bet­ter fa­cil­i­ties.

The Cri­mond Med­i­cal and Com­mu­nity Hub opened its doors for the first time in April, and from next month health ser­vices will be pro­vided there.

The cur­rent med­i­cal cen­tre in the vil­lage had op­er­ated out of a small cabin for years be­fore the late Charles Ritchie started a cam­paign to cre­ate the new £7 mil­lion prop­erty.

The prac­tice con­tin­ued to run out of its smaller ac­com­mo­da­tion un­til the build­ing could be made ready.

Prac­tice man­ager Caro­line Iron­side has now alerted pa­tients that the move will hap­pen in Novem­ber. Con­ser­va­tive MSP Peter Chap­man, pic­tured, had opened the new build­ing at the re­quest of Mr Ritchie.

He said: “This is great news for the lo­cal com­mu­nity and I am sure that staff will be de­lighted to move in.

“I was hon­oured to be given the op­por­tu­nity to un­veil the plaque at the soft open­ing of the fa­cil­ity in April and I am par­tic­u­larly pleased that the late Charles Ritchie was able to see his hard work pay off.”

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