Jun 28 2011 by Denis Brown, Perthshire Advertiser Tuesday
NHS Tayside boss Sandy Watson was impressed by a range of initiatives on his latest Perth tour.
Visiting Perth Royal Infirmary, he met staff from the Perth and Kinross Healthy Communities Collaborative.
In what is a groundbreaking initiative, older community members head up teams supported by NHS Tayside and Perth and Kinross Council to identify and address issues affecting not only their own health and wellbeing, but also of peers.
Launched six years ago, the project has spread out across the two shires, with recent consultation events in Stanley, Bankfoot, Luncarty, Dunkeld and Birnam recruiting extra volunteers for local teams.
Mr Watson met with Perth member Nora Drummond, who shared her positive experiences of being involved with the collaborative.
Project manager Jackie Doe told the NHS chief about the Carse of Gowrie’s Shop Drop pilot, a grocery shopping delivery service for frail and housebound residents.
Another groundbreaking project highlighted was the creation of the Perth and Kinross Care Home Activity Network, which recently won a silver medal at the Securing the Future awards.
Mr Watson also visited Drumhar Health Centre, Scott Street Young People’s Drop-in Service and Muirton Community Campus to find out about services providing support for young people, before dropping into the new Integrated Dental Treatment and Training Centre at Broxden Business Park.
“I am particularly pleased to see the range of services available for our young people and the involvement of older people in addressing the issues which directly affect themselves and their communities,” he declared.
“The new dental centre at Broxden Business Park is a first-class facility which is helping us to meet the demand for NHS dental care in Perth and Kinross, and to teach and retain dentists in the area.”