No sign of ex­pan­sion at mega GP surgery

But work should start at Tem­ple­hill next year

Ayrshire Post - - Troon News - Stephen Hous­ton

Na­tional Health top brass have been sum­moned to Troon to ex­plain what is hap­pen­ing to ex­pan­sion plans at the town’s mega surgery.

Mem­bers of the pub­lic spoke at last week’s Troon Com­mu­nity Coun­cil – ask­ing why there has been no ob­vi­ous progress at the Tem­ple­hill Surgery in nearly six month.

The surgery swal­lowed most of the col­lapsed 101 Med­i­cal Prac­tice, re- open­ing with 12,000 pa­tients at the end of April.

The Com­mu­nity Coun­cil has asked an NHS rep­re­sen­ta­tive to at­tend their meet­ing next month.

When Tem­ple­hill took over they were to be handed around £ 200,000 by NHS Ayr­shire & Ar­ran for an ex­ten­sion.

And part­ner Rob­bie Cum­ming said then it was still to be agreed wether to use a ready- made mod­u­lar build­ing or a tra­di­tional build at the back.

At the time he said: “We in­tend to ex­pand and de­velop our cur­rent premises with the ad­di­tion of two or three con­sult­ing rooms, dis­abled ac­cess doors and a larger re­cep­tion area.”

A plan­ning ap­pli­ca­tion has been lodged but it has not even been “val­i­dated” yet by South Ayr­shire Coun­cil.

Coun­cil­lor Craig Mckay has quizzed Pamela Mil­liken, head of pri­mary care, on the ex­ten­sion which had been a cen­tral plank of the trans­fer.

Coun­cil­lor Mckay said: “I wel­come the Health Board’s com­ments which sug­gest that there have been no ma­jor is­sues fol­low­ing the trans­fers.

“This is con­sis­tent with my own ex­pe­ri­ence as I’ve re­ceived no re­cent com­plaints from pa­tients.

“It is also re­as­sur­ing that both re­cip­i­ent prac­tices have been re­view­ing pa­tient records and invit­ing pa­tients to at­tend for re­view ap­point­ments.

“I hope this will en­sure that those who were moved will con­tinue to re­ceive the level of care they de­serve.

“On the ex­ten­sion to the Tem­ple­hill surgery, the plan­ning ap­pli­ca­tion has re­cently been sub­mit­ted but not yet val­i­dated.

““Clearly it is in the in­ter­ests of all pa­tients of that prac­tice that the re­quired ex­pan­sion takes place, and I note that sub­ject to there be­ing no plan­ning is­sues, work is ex­pected to be­gin on site in the new year.

“The ex­ten­sion was cen­tral to the ar­gu­ments made when 101 Med­i­cal Prac­tice closed, and the ball is now firmly in the Surgery’s court to de­liver on this com­mit­ment.”

Coun­cil­lor Bob Pol­lock agreed the ac­tual tran­si­tion process seemed to have gone well and said: “None of the Troon Coun­cil­lors have re­ceived any com­plaints fol­low­ing the merger of the surg­eries, but if there are any, they should get in touch.”

Ms Mil­liken said: “Plan­ning per­mis­sion for the work was sub­mit­ted to South Ayr­shire Coun­cil on Fri­day Septem­ber 14. The prac­tice is op­ti­mistic that works will com­mence in early Jan­uary if plan­ning per­mis­sion is granted.”

In other NHS news, it is un­der­stood com­mu­nity mid­wives have had to change their base from the Barassie Street clinic to Prest­wick.

One source said: “All that is left at Barassie Street seems to be po­di­a­try.

“The com­mu­nity nurses have to start their shift in Prest­wick be­fore com­ing to Troon for their first ap­point­ment.”

Mo­tion re­quired Tem­ple­hill team back in April

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