Hospital is declared surplus to requirements
A Peterhead hospital has been declared surplus to requirements by the Aberdeenshire Health and Social Care Partnership (HSCP).
A report regarding the town’s Ugie Hospital was considered by Aberdeenshire Council’s Integration Joint Board (IJB) on Wednesday (March 31).
Members of the IJB agreed to instruct the Interim Chief Officer to inform NHS Grampian that the property is surplus to the HSCP requirements.
The future of Ugie Hospital has been considered for a number of years. However at a meeting of the Peterhead Project Board in October 2019 it was agreed that a number of changes would be made.
Since that meeting inpatient rehabilitation services have been relocated to Peterhead Community Hospital. Outpatient services have also been accommodated in other locations.
All Partnership services and staff have since been relocated and the building is vacant.
No alternative use for the building has been found and therefore the Partnership declared it surplus.
Councillor Glen Reynolds raised concerns about the future of the site and what would happen with it next.
He noted that there are already a number of empty buildings in the town and wanted reassurances that it would not be left to deteriorate.
He was told that NHS Grampian owns the building but will work with the Aberdeenshire HSCP to find another use for the site.
Ugie Hospital was originally built as a fever hospital and opened in 1807.