South Scotland

Dalbeattie health centre works start

Health centre works
Image caption Health Secretary Alex Neil performed the turf-cutting for the new facility

Health Secretary Alex Neil has performed a turf-cutting ceremony to officially start work on a new £2.5m health centre in Dalbeattie.

Plans for the facility on the Port Road site have been in the pipeline for a number of years.

Despite having planning approval, they were repeatedly knocked back because of a lack of funding.

Last year, the Scottish government announced an investment of £2.3m, allowing the complex to go ahead.

NHS Dumfries and Galloway said it would provide a fit-for-purpose, comfortable and safe facility for patients and staff, and would increase capacity for the existing GP practice.

After the turf-cutting ceremony, the health secretary visited the recently-opened renal unit at Kirkcudbright hospital.

It can cater for up to 12 patients and provides three additional dialysis stations for the region.

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