A soft opening of Crimond’s new medical centre took place with the unveiling of a plaque on 14th April, Good Friday. With the final stages of fixture and fitting complete, the medical Centre and Community Hub is expected to open to the public within the next 2 months.
The Medical Practice serves the surrounding parishes of St Fergus, Rathen, Lonmay and the communities of St Combs, Inverallochy and Cairnbulg. The practice provides both medical care and pharmaceutical services to clients ranging from Peterhead in the south, Fraserburgh to the north and Mintlaw to the west. The current practice facility in Crimond has served well but for some time now been considered no longer fit for today’s needs. Formed by Score Group plc, the Crimond Charitable Trust was formed to design, build and operate a new facility for the benefit of the community. First construction was undertaken in December 2013 after Score Group secured the land and planning approval.
In his welcome address at the opening, Conrad Ritchie, a trustee of the Crimond Charitable Trust said it had been a long road to reach this point but the efforts of all could now be seen in the wonderful new facility. He especially thanked the main contractors, Lovie Construction Ltd and Lawrence Robbie Ltd joinery and carpentry, and also Paul Whitham the Project Manager. Mr Ritchie made special mention to Mr George Irvine, former Facilities Co-ordinator for Score Group, and also the late Dave Matson who was the initial Project Manager saying that without their assistance, this would not have been possible.
Mr Charles Ritchie, Principal Trustee and also Chairman of Score Group plc gave a short speech highlighting the history of the medical centre and in particular addressing the importance of such key services in local communities. He went on to say that he has long admired and supported the surgery and wishes to ensure its longevity for many generations to come. He then invited Peter Chapman MSP to the floor who first of all thanked Mr Ritchie for being asked to open such a splendid facility in the heart of Buchan and that he was honoured to do so.
Dr Bob Murray, on behalf of the Crimond Medical Centre then gave a grateful vote of thanks to all who had been involved, including those who helped with the opening. He added his own thoughts of how such a marvellous state-of-the-art facility will benefit not only the local area but also current practice staff, enabling them to provide the care that is so much needed in the community.
In addition to the medical facilities, the building houses a number of community amenities such as a community café, fitness suite, community rooms etc. The total cost of the project has been £8.5m which has been underwritten by Score Group plc. A public open day is planned to take place later in the summer once all tenants have moved in.