In July I noted concerns about changes - and the possible closure of the GP Surgery in Bernard Terrace. This was my last post. The following reply has been received from Alex McMahon, one of the Execurive Directors of NHS Lothian:
"I would like to reassure you that there are no plans to close Southside Surgery.
Following the retirement of two of the partners, the practice has experienced difficulties in recruitment. The recruitment and retention of GPs is a nationwide issue which affects every practice and Health Board, and NHS Lothian is working with Scottish Government and our GP colleagues to look at ways of addressing this.
We have agreed with the Southside Surgery that the practice and existing staff willcome under direct NHS management, through the Edinburgh Health and Social Care Partnership team, by the end of this year under a Section 2C contract. Direct management provides the opportunity to restructure practice teams and to explore new service delivery approaches. This is being carefully planned to ensure that patients continue to receive safe, effective and timely care.
A great deal of work is being done to secure premises well ahead of gthe expected deadline and we are confident this will be achieved. A number of locations are currently being considered and the Edinburgh Health and Social Care Partnerships and NHS Lothian, will be supporting the practice team to help reassure patients during this period of uncertainty.
Primary Care provision is a key priority of NHS Lothian and our four Health and Social Care Partnerships. It is an issue that all GP practices in the region are aware of and are working hard to approve. We are currently carrying out a major review of demand, capacity and access in primary care to enhance facilities and services for patients for the years ahead."