Work is well underway to develop new purpose-built community health and wellbeing centres in Lochgelly and Kincardine, replacing the older health centres.
The new facilities will bring together a range of health and wellbeing services, from GP practices and social care to community and voluntary services, improving the experience of patients and service users.
Providing a broad range of services locally and delivering healthcare in a different way to meet the needs of the local people, with additional emphasis on wellbeing and prevention, will help support local people to live more independent and healthier lives.
Since the last newsletter:
Planning Applications and Outline Business Case Update
Planning applications for both sites were submitted to Fife Council at the end of October.
Scottish Government have also provided feedback on the outline business case, which we have reviewed, submitting further information as required.
Whilst we await final sign-off of the outline business case, which is part of the process to support decision making on how public funding is allocated, we have continued to develop the full business case.
Completion of the full business case remains on track for early 2023, with building work on the new community health and wellbeing centres expected to being next year.
Health Centre Artist’s Impressions
In the last edition of the newsletter, we shared some of the latest artist’s impressions of the Lochgelly and Kincardine centres.
Additional images are now available which can be viewed below, showcasing external and internal design of the buildings. It should be noted that these images are not final and remain subject to change.
Images courtesy of JM Architects
Engaging With Our Local Communities
Local communities in Kincardine and Lochgelly have already provided a great deal of invaluable feedback, which has helped to inform our outline business case.
As the project moves forward, it’s important that we continue to engage with communities to hear what’s important to local people and to use your feedback in shaping the health and wellbeing centres further.
As part of that we’ll be undertaking an engagement campaign in the coming weeks directly with communities, so that local people and groups are aware of how they can provide feedback, get involved and stay up to date with all the latest development as the project progresses.
In addition, we will be hosting local drop-in events brining you the latest information on the health and wellbeing centres. Further information, including dates and times will be available shortly.
Public Involvement Matters
Did you know you have a right to be involved in the design and delivery of health services? All NHS boards, including NHS Fife have a duty to involve members of the public in the planning and development of health services, as outlined in Planning with People guidance and the National Health Service Reform (Scotland) Act 2004.
It is important we involve local people and groups to hear their views on health services, we are working closely with Healthcare Improvement Scotland (HIS) on this project.
Click on the HIS video which shows real examples of engagement across Scotland and the positive impact it has had Improvement Scotland Video
For further information on HIS – Community Engagement, contact Rachel Lee, HIS Fife Engagement Officer:
Email: Rachel.Lee4@nhs.scot Telephone: 07890 033839
Keeping You Informed
We’ll continue to bring you all the latest news on the project through these regular newsletters, which will be produced on a quarterly basis. You can also find the latest information on the project (Including previous newsletters) on the NHS Fife website at: www.nhsfife.org/chwc
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