No plan for GP switch to Hamilton
Pledge on out-of-hours
There are no plans to change the out-of-hours GP arrangements in Rutherglen and Cambuslang, an NHS official has said.
Craig Cunningham, health manager at South Lanarkshire Health and Social Care Partnership, said last week that the current system, which sees Rutherglen and Cambuslang residents treated in Glasgow, is working well.
Mr Cunningham was speaking at January’s meeting of Burnside Community Council, two years after locals campaigned to retain their out- of- hours service at Glasgow’s Victoria Hospital.
He said the health board continues to recognise the area’s long history of being served by NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde outwith standard GP hours.
He added that, while the national preference is to align health boards to council areas in the provision of outof- hours services, Rutherglen and Cambuslang are an exception to that rule.
Mr Cunningham said: “As things currently stand people who want to continue to use the Victoria Hospital can continue to do so. For other areas, parts of Lanarkshire, they are using Hamilton and Airdrie.
“We don’t have any changes planned for the current patient flow at the moment.”
Alison Black, secretary of Burnside Community Council, said she was reassured by Mr Cunningham’s presentation at the meeting, stating locals would always be apprehensive about moving their out-of-hours provision to sit within the NHS Lanarkshire board at Hamilton.
She said: “We do have an elderly population in the area. For them to have to go to Hamilton, if they don’t have family to take them, could be a daunting prospect.”
Reassurance Craig Cunningham