Turvey calls on NHS Tayside to allow volunteers to restore abandoned Brechin Infirmary site

Lib Dem candidate for Angus & Mearns Michael Turvey has offered his help to a local community charity, the Brechin Healthcare Group, who are campaigning to transform the former Brechin Infirmary site into a new Health & Wellbeing Hub.

Michael met with a Chairman of the group Grahame Lockhart on Thursday (08/04) for a tour of the site. The Brechin Healthcare Group submitted a community asset transfer request to NHS Tayside two years ago, but progress has stalled due to the ongoing pandemic.
The Brechin Infirmary site was gifted to the community in the 1860s for the express purpose of providing healthcare for residents.
Speaking at the site Michael Turvey said: "This asset belongs to the people of Brechin and just because a court says NHS Tayside can sell it that does not mean that they should sell it.
"It is a beautiful old building and the concern now is that the site is under threat due to water-damage and a general lack of maintenance. It would be a great shame to let it go to waste because the necessary paperwork has stalled.  
"Mental Health services are in danger of being overwhelmed and it is a huge frustration for people in the local community that are forced to travel to access services that should be provided locally.
"Allowing volunteers to restore this site would provide essential early care for local residents and prevent more serious illness in the future. That would be a win-win for NHS Tayside. I urge NHS Tayside either to make a timely positive decision or come to the table with clear feedback and ideas on how to preserve the building for its intended purpose and help these passionate volunteers succeed in their mission."
Notes for editors:
  • See a video tour of Michael Turvey's visit to the site, on Facebook: Facebook
  • The Brechin Healthcare Group are a fantastic local charity and they have a great track record of delivering support to communities across Brechin, Edzell and the Glens. For more information visit: Brechin Healthcare Group – Caring for our Health & Wellbeing
  • Internal photos of the site were taken prior to the visit and Michael Turvey did not enter the building due to Covid restrictions.
  • The Group's project is to provide health & wellbeing support services for local residents through on-site organisations that will offer people help with issues such as mental health, homelessness and drug & alcohol problems. Once it is established the facility would be run by local volunteers.

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