THE new NHS Grampian healthpoint was opened in Fraserburgh this week.
A two-day launch saw the public invited in to see the centre and get a one-to-one lifestyle check.
The healthpoint, officially opened by NHS Grampian chairman Dr David Cameron, is now located in permanent premises at the Fraserburgh Development Trust offices on High Street rather than its previous temporary services around the Broch.
healthpoint is the fifth in NHS Grampian and enhances the service previously provided in Fraserburgh by a mobile healthpoint. It follows a similar initiative that was launched successfully in Peterhead.
The free service offers confidential information and advice on a wide range of topics including:
q Practical ways to improve your health, such as healthy eating and stopping smoking
q Long term conditions
e.g. Diabetes and Asthma
q Links to support groups and
Dr Cameron told the Herald: “It is really great to announce the Fraserburgh healthpoint as open. Up until now there has only been temporary services in place which have been doing a great job.
“But having the healthpoint here, it is like a one-stop shop for advice in the area. The partnership that has brought together this has been great.
“People can stop in and get advice on any matters, young girls may come in who have been smoking, they can get help here.”
Fraserburgh healthpoint advisor Pamela Matthew added: “We have been going around the temporary services so they can be made aware of the healthpoint brand and how it can become very handy for them.
“I have maintained my links with the temporary services so that people know where we are and can feel free to stop in.
“We can give them advice and point them in the right direction. We have more time with people so they can come see us and we can let them know if they should go see their GP.”
The location of the healthpoint has been praised by Banff and Buchan Community Planning Group chairman Chris White who said: “It is great to see such a useful, practical and customer-friendly facility opening up in the town offering access to services at an early stage.
“It’s in a central location and I hope residents will take advantage of the free health information and advice available to help them lead healthier lives.”
An NHS Grampian health advisor will be available at the new healthpoint on Wednesdays from 12.30pm to 3pm and on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 11am to 3pm.