This picture, captured by a drone from McNiven Construction, shows the structural steelwork in place for the new £2.7m Doune Health Centre. At this stage underground drainage was completed and the concrete floor slab laid. Work is now under way (pic 2) on the building itself, which is due to open later this year.
The new health centre replaces a smaller building which has become overcrowded due to the growing population of the village. It will see a wide range of services delivered locally. These include physiotherapy, podiatry and support for people with long term conditions such as diabetes, dementia and COPD (a common respiratory disease). In addition, there will be more opportunities to help patients improve their own health by providing extra support and advice on diet, exercise, managing medicines and giving up smoking. Also included are improved facilities for the existing GP Practice as well as accommodation for a range of visiting outpatient and services such as antenatal and child health clinics. Around £200,000 is being invested in new equipment, furniture and fittings.