29 February 2012
Chalmers Hospital and Banff Health Centre
Her Royal Highness, The Princess Royal will visit Chalmers Hospital, Banff on Thursday 1 March at midday.
The Princess Royal will be given a tour of the redeveloped Chalmers Hospital, meeting staff and patients, and will unveil a plaque at the end of her visit.
The £15million Chalmers redevelopment began in October 2008 with the refurbishment of the ground floor of the existing hospital building. All services are now accessed by the new hospital entrance on Clunie Street. These services include casualty, minor procedure suite, x-ray, outpatients' clinics, renal dialysis suite, telemedicine room and the GP ward.
The redevelopment of the first floor of the existing hospital building provides upgraded facilities for physiotherapy, occupational therapy, speech and language therapy and podiatry.
NHS Grampian chairman Cllr Bill Howatson says: "We are delighted to welcome Her Royal Highness, The Princess Royal to Banff to officially open the redeveloped Chalmers Hospital.
"Our community hospitals, across the length and breadth of Grampian, provide quality care closer to home, wherever possible"
"We are delighted that this much needed redevelopment is now a reality. The enhanced services and team-working enable us to deliver quality care to the patients of Banff and surrounding areas all under one roof."
Area medical director Dr Ian Brooker says: "Our community highlighted the need to reinvest in our local hospital in 1996. I am very grateful to all the people, public and professional, who successfully built the case for the redevelopment.
"Continuing to provide health services to our patients during the redevelopment of Chalmers has been difficult. Working around a building site, for three and a half years, has at times been uncomfortable, but I thank the contractors and the staff for working together to achieve this excellent facility on schedule.
"Banff now has a modern hospital, with more space, more comfort, and a broader range of services than before. We now have a great facility for the future, from which to provide a greater range of diagnostic services and treatments."