No plan for GP switch to Hamil­ton

Pledge on out-of-hours

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Edel Ke­nealy

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

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