THE health of prisoners from Moray will be enhanced with the opening of the new HMP Grampian.
The new prison and young offenders’ institution at Peterhead has replaced the former prisons at Peterhead and Aberdeen. It can accommodate up to 500 prisoners, both male and female, and young offenders.
The total number of prisoners from Moray at any given time will be 50 - half of them kept at HMP Inverness. Of the remaining prisoners housed at HMP Grampian, eight will be young offenders, four will be women and the remainder will be adult males.
Mark McEwan, of NHS Grampian is responsible for prisoner health, and he told members of the Moray Community Health and Social Care Partnership that the new prison offered an opportunity.
He said the new facilities at the prison have been created to progress the ethos of a community-facing prison and offers greater opportunities for collaborative working in education, work experience and social and emotional development.
However, he said these opportunities can only be maximised if accompanied by the full commitment of all partners delivering health and social care.
For more on this story see ‘The Northern Scot’ print version on Friday.