Highland Council confirmed this week that the footpaths had been completed and a base coat had been applied to the road.
Meanwhile, work is progressing on the next stage of planning the centre’s £6 million replacement, with the matters such as such as the finer details of each room and equipment requirements being considered.
And last week (Tuesday, 6th November), the NHS Highland Board approved an update of the outline business case for the new premises, paving the way for consideration by the Scottish Capital Investment Group later this month.
Nigel Small, Director of Operations for NHS Highland’s South and Mid Operational Unit, said: Approval by the Board is a very positive and major step in the process for delivering the new health centre development. It is great news that NHS Highland’s Board has reinforced its commitment to the project.”
Building will commence on site in summer 2013, with completion scheduled for the following summer.
Work on the new building is being overseen by the Tain Health Centre Project Group, membership of which includes practice, dental, community and patient representatives. The group meets monthly, with the next meeting to be held on Thursday, 15th November.
The project is being supported by capital enabling funds from the Scottish Futures Trust and is being developed through its hub initiative, which makes it possible for a group of smaller projects to be bundled together into a single project that provides better value for money.
The new, two-storey health centre will have 12 GP consulting rooms and three treatment rooms for the two local practices. It will also accommodate a four-room dental suite and the community staff will have two clinical treatment rooms, three clinical consulting rooms, two clinical interview rooms, a podiatry treatment room and a physiotherapy treatment room.