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Plan for new care centre approved

NHS Grampian
NHS Grampian said the decision was good news for patients

A planning application for a new multi-million pound emergency care centre in Aberdeen has been given the go-ahead.

The Scottish Government had already approved the business case to relocate key frontline health services onto the main Foresterhill site.

Accident and emergency, the Gmed out-of-hours service, and the hyperbaric services are among the services.

Aberdeen City Council granted the application, saying it would be a significant step in improving care.

An NHS Grampian spokesman said: "Today's announcement will bring immense benefit to patients in the north east.

"It represents the culmination of a great deal of hard work and will place Grampian at the forefront of emergency care in Scotland.

"Patients will get easier access to streamlined care, earlier diagnosis, less waiting and shorter stays. The risk of the spread of infection will also be minimised, with a high percentage of the beds in single rooms and high standards of infection control built in to the new isolation facilities."

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