MSP welcomes Chapelton assurance

A local MSP has welcomed the news that NHS Grampian will be examining the impact that Chapelton of Elsick would have on healthcare services in the Portlethen area.

MSP Maureeen Watt contacted NHS Grampian to raise concerns over the impact the proposed 9,000 home development could have on healthcare in the area and Ms Watt has now received a reply with assurance that NHS Grampian will examine the potential impact which a new development at Chapelton of Elsick could have on existing services.

In a letter to Ms Watt, Chief Executive Richard Carey advises that the health board has been involved with the project from an early stage.

The response was to an original letter in which Ms Watt sought to ensure that patients at Kincardine Community Hospital and Stonehaven and Portlethen Medical Centres, will not be adversely impacted.

Mr Carey also states that NHS Grampian intends to set up a working group which will assess any potential problems or issues which may arise through the Elsick development.

Commenting Ms Watt said: “Whilst I welcome the assurances that NHS Grampian has given me, I will continue to monitor this situation.

“It is vital, should Chapelton of Elsick proceed, that any influx of new residents to the development does not impact on existing medical provision.

“I am particularly pleased that NHS Grampian has been in dialogue with developers from an early stage, hopefully this proactive approach will help them to neutralise any issues which may arise.”

Concerns have been raised yesterday that the £1billion development of the new Town near Portlethen could put strain on the current healthcare services available.

With the first 800 houses due to be built this year assurances are being sought that the infastructure will be able to cope with the additional homes and families.