Public encouraged to have say about future uses of former Moray hospital

Leanchoil Hospital in Forres has been permanently closed.
Leanchoil Hospital in Forres has been permanently closed.

Residents in a Moray town have been encouraged to have their say about how a former hospital in their community could be used in the future.

Leanchoil Hospital in Forres was shut by Health and Social Care Moray as services in the future are reshaped for the future.

The Victorian building was already closed to patients at the time the decision was taken due to problems staffing the unit.

Now Forres Community Council is investigating possible uses for the site, which is still owned by NHS Grampian, in the future.

Possible ideas already suggested include a rehabilitation centre for armed forces veterans and a potential community centre.

The group is hosting a consultation event at the Tolbooth in Forres on Friday from 1pm to 7.30pm to allow locals to have their say about what they would like to see in the former hospital.

Moray MSP Richard Lochhead has encouraged residents to attend the event.

He said: “I know there’s a warmth of feeling in the community towards the historic building and its beautiful surroundings, which is unsurprising as Leanchoil played a significant role in the area for over 125 years.

“I am confident there are many people within Forres and beyond who will want to have their say and bring ideas to the table to promote a long term future for the site.”