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Health centre funding announced

2 November 07 11:06 GMT

Two health centre proposals based in Dumfries and Galloway and the Borders have been given more than £1m of government funding.

They were part of a nationwide package of support for such projects.

In the Borders, the funds will be used towards a £900,000 expansion of Jedburgh Health Centre.

While in Dumfries and Galloway it would help to advance £1.2m proposals to build a new facility at Kelloholm in Upper Nithsdale.

The current premises in Jedburgh date from the 1970s and have been altered over the years.

Unsuitable facilities

The new scheme will see the centre expanded, with improved facilities for patients and staff.

Almost half the cash will come from the Scottish Government's Primary and Community Care Premises Modernisation Programme fund.

A total of £600,000 goes towards the Kelloholm project.

The centre will provide GP, community health and social work services and replace the current clinic which NHS Dumfries and Galloway has said is unsuitable.

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