Stonehaven Rotary have organised a meeting for an urgent push needed to raise funds for a dialysis unit at Kincardine Community Hospital.
The meeting will take place next Thursday, July 10, in Stonehaven Community Centre.
It will look to explain in more detail what is required to raise the funds and get an idea of what events are in the pipeline.
Dr Anne Humphrey, from the Dialysis Unit, has been leading the effort and, so far, almost £440,000 has been raised.
NHS Grampian have still to formally approve the project, although support has been given to move on to developing a business case, and the next stage in the process is planned for November 2014. By this time there needs to be some certainty that the £500,000 target for the building costs has been met.
Following submission and approval of the business case for the project, work can then begin in conjunction with appointed contractors to plan the detail of the new unit.
In 2010, the NHS Grampian Renal Unit were left a legacy of £250,000 for dialysis machines. After discussion, it was felt that this was best identified as a capital fund towards a satellite renal unit in South Aberdeenshire as this is the one area within Aberdeenshire that as yet is not served by a Renal Dialysis satellite unit. The new unit would cover a large area – from as far south as St Cyrus, over to Luthermuir and up to Fettercairn, Banchory and across to Portlethen.
The estimated cost of start up, including equipment for a six-bed unit, is estimated at around £700,000 - £800,000, with £500,000 being the building costs.
Most of the existing units in Grampian have been started off with public subscription fundraising for the building works, with equipment and running costs being met by the NHS.
A spokersperson from Stonehaven Rotary Club said: “It is clear from all of the reports we see in the local press that many organisations are working hard to raise money and we need to be sure that everyone in the target catchment area is aware of the plans for the unit.
“We would ask anyone, especially those in the wider catchment area who may not have been aware of the plans, to consider what they can do to help.
“Please come along and tell us what your plans are so we can make this project a real success and demonstrate how dedicated the community is to help those who require this vital life saving service.”
Figures for 2013showed 13 patients from the south travelling to Aberdeen for dialysis with a further eight from the Lower Marr Area.