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Health and social care bosses are planning changes to buildings where they have staff in Oban.
Argyll and Bute Health and Social Care Partnership (HSCP) says to improve communication and work together for its patients and clients, it needs to have teams working closely together and being based on one site.
But The Oban Times understands the changes mean the removal of the art and music rooms at the town’s Lorne Resource Centre (LRC).
Letters have now been sent out to service users and their families who have links with both LRC and Lynnside Day Centre in Soroba Road.
The letter says Argyll and Bute Council will be establishing an early years childcare centre at the same time to serve the Oban community and has earmarked the Willowview Community Care site, also in Soroba Road, for that project. The building is currently used for social work.
That means about 120 HSCP staff will now need to be moved. ‘However, land in Oban is in short supply, the costs of providing a new building are too high,’ says the letter.
LRC and Lynnside’s Soroba Road site could have the potential to take around 30 HSCP staff leaving Willowview or being displaced from Lorn and Islands Hospital.
‘We have sought advice from the Care Inspectorate who have advised that we can provide the same or better facilities to the users of LRC and Lynnside within a smaller footprint,’ said the letter.
The building will be remodelled internally to create separate clinical and office space for additional teams of HSCP workers.
HSCP has told service users and their families it has some options for how the LRC and Lynnside would look inside a remodelled complex. To help choose the best layout and make the best use of space, it is now inviting them to a series of open events.
The first event is on Thursday July 18 from 9am until 10am at LRC and from 10.30am to 11.30am at Lynnside. Then on Monday July 22 from 1pm to 2pm at LRC and 2.30pm to 3.30pm at Lynnside, followed by a final session on Wednesday July 24 from 5pm to 6pm at Lynnside and 6.30pm to 7.30pm at LRC.
People going to the sessions will be able to find out more about the plans, walk round the space and give their views.
The target for completing building work is end of August 2019, aiming to disrupt services during the summer as little as possible, says the letter from NHS Highland’s Sandy Wilkie and Morag Brown from Argyll and Bute Council who are both HSCP Co-location project managers.
An Argyll and Bute HSCP spokesman said: ‘We regularly review the range of buildings where we provide services to ensure we continue to meet the needs of service users, and their families and carers, while making the most efficient use of available resources.’