The future of Southside GP Surgery has been secured after a
move to the Conan Doyle Medical Centre was agreed through the Edinburgh Health
and Social Care Partnership (HSCP).
The Southside Surgery team came under direct NHS management
in January, through the HSCP. The practice had been facing a number of challenges
regarding recruitment and retention, similar to the pressures being faced by
general practice across the country. The GP partners took the difficult
decision to withdraw from their contract and this resulted in the need for the
current premises to be sold and to look at alternatives for the future.
NHS Lothian and the HSCP have been working closely with the
team at the Surgery to ensure patients continue to receive safe, effective and
timely care. The GPs and staff have transferred to NHS Lothian providing job
security and opportunities to explore new service delivery approaches.
At the same time, a great deal of work has been undertaken
to identify options for new premises for the Surgery. A number of options have
been explored and agreement has been reached with the GP team at Conan Doyle
Medical Centre at Cameron Toll and the Southside Surgery will move to its new
home in May or June.
The purpose built Conan Doyle Medical Centre was opened in
2007 and will provide suitable consulting and waiting space for Southside Surgery
staff and patients as well as improved car parking and better disabled access. The Medical Centre is around one and a half
miles from the Southside Surgery’s current location on Bernard Terrace and
there are excellent bus links.
Rob McCulloch Graham, Chief Officer, Edinburgh Health and
Social Care Partnership said: “A lot of hard work has gone into finding a
solution that will secure the future of this important Edinburgh practice. I
would like to thank patients and staff for their patience during this period
and to reassure them that the facilities being provided within the Conan Doyle
Medical Centre will be a significant improvement on the current premises.”
There are currently around 5000 patients registered with the
Southside Surgery. Information on the new arrangements will be sent to all
patients directly once all the details have been finalised.