Tayside and Central Scotland

New £20m elderly care centre to be built in Dundee

A new community care centre to look after elderly people is to be built in Dundee with £20m of Scottish government funding.

The investment is part of a £409m health infrastructure package set to roll out across Scotland until 2020.

Other care services in Dundee will also be improved using the funds.

NHS Tayside is to hold a consultation to decide where in the city the centre should be located and what services it should offer.

The health authority's director of community services Bill Nicoll said he was "delighted" by the new investment,

He said: "This £20m funding will ensure that we can deliver high-quality care in environments which are fit to deliver modern day healthcare for our communities in Dundee.

"NHS Tayside will now embark on a programme of engagement with patients, families, carers, staff and communities to ensure plans for the new centre offer patients the best possible care environments and improved models of care."

Dundee had another new facility in the Kingsway Care Centre open last year, while funding has also been made available to improve in-patient facilities at the Carseview Mental Health Centre.

Announcing the latest funding, Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said the government was aiming to deliver "world-leading, safe, effective and person-centred healthcare".

She said: "This project will support the provision of state-of-the-art facilities to care for patients across the Dundee area and adds to the recent programme of significantly improving care services in the city."

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