GP surgery clo­sure de­nied as fears mount for Carse health care

ST MADOES: Con­sul­ta­tion be­ing pre­pared for lo­cals

The Courier & Advertiser (Dundee Edition) - - NEWS - JAMIE BUCHAN jabuchan@the­courier.co.uk

Con­cerns are mount­ing over the fu­ture pro­vi­sion of health ser­vices in the Carse of Gowrie.

Res­i­dents and coun­cil­lors are look­ing for an­swers af­ter Perth and Kin­ross health and so­cial care part­ner­ship deemed a GP surgery in St Madoes as be­ing no longer fit for use.

In ad­di­tion, the surgery at nearby Er­rol is up for sale.

The part­ner­ship is pre­par­ing a con­sul­ta­tion pa­per for res­i­dents, ask­ing their views on the re­lo­ca­tion of GP ser­vices in St Madoes. The health body said plans are “pro­gress­ing” on a new pur­pose­built surgery in Er­rol.

Res­i­dents have been left con­fused how­ever af­ter an early draft of the ques­tion­naire, not of­fi­cially is­sued by NHS Tay­side, was cir­cu­lated on so­cial me­dia and ap­peared on a surgery no­tice board.

It states: “Fol­low­ing the St Madoes surgery clo­sure, GP ser­vices will con­tinue to be pro­vided at Er­rol,” de­spite the part­ner­ship in­sist­ing no de­ci­sion has been made to close the surgery.

Labour Coun­cil­lor Alas­dair Bai­ley is call­ing for a public con­sul­ta­tion, claim­ing many lo­cal res­i­dents are un­der the im­pres­sion that the GP surgery at St Madoes will def­i­nitely close.

He said: “If St Madoes surgery is to

“We are cur­rently work­ing with the GPs to en­sure the con­ti­nu­ity of ser­vice pro­vi­sion for their pa­tients. PERTH AND KIN­ROSS HEALTH AND SO­CIAL CARE PART­NER­SHIP SPOKESPER­SON

close, I’m call­ing on NHS Tay­side to com­mit to a timescale for the con­struc­tion of a ded­i­cated fa­cil­ity to re­place it and the Er­rol surgery. We can’t al­low St Madoes to sim­ply slip away, re­sult­ing in more ap­point­ments need­ing to be held at the al­ready cramped Er­rol surgery.

“The NHS an­nounce­ment refers to a new-build surgery but gives no time­lines. I am call­ing on the com­mu­nity to fight the clo­sure of St Madoes surgery un­til a clear plan is set out for ex­actly how and when its ser­vices will be re­placed.”

Tory Coun­cil­lor An­gus Forbes added: “I have asked the chief of­fi­cer of the Perth and Kin­ross health and so­cial care part­ner­ship to fa­cil­i­tate a public meet­ing as soon as pos­si­ble to an­swer the many ques­tions res­i­dents and pa­tients have and to pro­vide re­as­sur­ance over the fu­ture of health care in the Carse of Gowrie.

“There is al­ready a cloud hang­ing over the fu­ture of the doc­tors’ surgery in Er­rol, Perth GP prac­tices are writ­ing to pa­tients in the Carse of Gowrie ask­ing them to move to another doc­tor, and now this pos­si­ble clo­sure.”

A spokesper­son for Perth and Kin­ross part­ner­ship said: “No de­ci­sion has been made to close St Madoes GP prac­tice.

“The GP prac­tice premises in St Madoes have been deemed to be not fit for pur­pose and we are cur­rently work­ing with the GPs to en­sure the con­ti­nu­ity of ser­vice pro­vi­sion for their pa­tients. We are also con­sult­ing with the lo­cal com­mu­nity to con­sider the most ap­pro­pri­ate op­tions for GP ser­vices to be de­liv­ered in the short-term and in the fu­ture.”

Pic­ture: Mhairi Ed­wards.

Coun­cil­lor Bai­ley says res­i­dents think the St Madoes surgery is to close.

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