Call for businesses to back new Crimond Surgery

WORK on Crimond’s new state-of-the-art medical and community centre will hopefully begin at the end of the year according to Crimond Charitable Trust.

However, the Trust is hoping that local companies and organisations will get on board to financially support the facility in a bid to guarantee its success.

A trust spokesperson told the Buchanie: “It is clear that the more companies and organisations taking part, the easier and more successful the project will be.

“There is no better demonstration of a company or organisation’s commitment to the community in which they operate than their support of a project such as the Crimond medical and community centre.”

The new building has been designed not only to encompass medical provision, but also a range of essential community resources such as a pharmacy, dental suite, community cafe, social work and policy satellite offices, as well as a fitness suite.

“Planning permission has been granted and a number of hurdles have been overcome in the past five years to bring us to the stage of being able to commence construction in the near future.

“Obviously local authority funding is under severe constraints and it falls upon local businesses to help make this happen.

“The Crimond Charitable Trust, a non-profit making registered charity, has been formed to progress the project and the costs are being underwritten by the Score Group. It is hoped that other businesses, organisations and individuals may wish to contribute towards the facility.”

The spokesperson said that contributions would be recorded in the form of a Contributions Register and also highlighted on a plaque situated within the building entrance upon completion. A prospectus will also be presented to any interested parties.

The new medical centre will provide an extensive range of services, with reception, comfortable waiting areas, consulting and treatment rooms on the ground floor, with administrative facilities, such as accommodation for district nurses, clerical staff and records management located on the upper level.

Should work get underway at the end of the year, it is hoped that the building will be complete by the first quarter of 2015.

The estimated total cost of the project, including fitting out, will be in the region of £5 million, the cost of which is being underwritten by Score Group.

The trust has intimated that a number of options are available for any company, organisation or individual to participate.

“A company or organisation may commit to fund a part of the build cost; the provision of equipment for such as the fitness suite; the fit-out of parts of the building such as the surgeries, dental suites, perhaps even one room; or the provision of equipment for community areas inside and outside the building,” said the spokesperson.

“In addition, organisations may wish to undertake specific projects in the grounds of the building, such as building the sensory garden, seating areas, or even participating in the landscaping of the area. All ideas and suggestions will be welcome.”

Contributions may be made either by cheque to Crimond Charitable Trust or BACS transfer, with account details available by contacting Mr Dave Matson via Score’s Ian M. Cheyne Building, Glen Test Facility, Wellbank, Peterhead, AB42 3GL.