Health chiefs vow to keep

● GPs will con­tinue as hunt starts for new man­age­ment

The Press and Journal (Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire) - - NEWS - BY JON HEBDITCH

Aberdeen health bosses have pledged a city surgery will not close – de­spite the part­ners choos­ing to end their con­tract with the NHS. Car­den Med­i­cal Cen­tre, with 9,000 reg­is­tered pa­tients, will con­tinue to of­fer GP ser­vices while a search is launched to find new man­age­ment to take it on.

Should that fail, the NHS will take it on di­rectly and it will be man­aged by the Aberdeen City Health and So­cial Care Part­ner­ship (ACHSCP).

All the GPs, bar one, will con­tinue at the prac­tice.

There have been a slew of clinic clo­sures in the city in re­cent years, with Rose­mount Med­i­cal Group hav­ing to trans­fer 4,000 of its pa­tients to other fa­cil­i­ties across the city last year.

The num­ber of surg­eries in the NHS Grampian area, mean­while, has de­clined from 84 in 2008 to 73 in 2018.

How­ever, last night health chiefs were quick to re­as­sure pa­tients the Car­den Place clinic would not be­come an­other vic­tim.

ACHSCP chief of­fi­cer San­dra Ross said: “The GP part­ners have in­formed us of their in­ten­tion to end their con­tract with NHS Grampian to pro­vide gen­eral med­i­cal ser­vices at Car­den Med­i­cal Cen­tre.

“In re­sponse to this, the part­ner­ship will now make ef­forts to dis­cover whether any other prac­tice is in­ter­ested in tak­ing on the Car­den prac­tice.

“If not, the prac­tice will be trans­ferred to NHS Grampian and it will then be di­rectly man­aged by the part­ner­ship.

“We are work­ing closely with the Car­den doc­tors and the wider Car­den prac­tice team and ser­vices will con­tinue as usual dur­ing this time of tran­si­tion.

“This will be an op­por­tu­nity to re­shape ser­vices to make sure they meet the needs of the lo­cal com­mu­nity for the fu­ture.”

Ms Ross added: “All prac­tice staff have been in­formed of the sit­u­a­tion and let­ters have gone out to pa­tients.

“They and the prac­tice staff will con­tinue to re­ceive com­mu­ni­ca­tions at each stage of this tran­si­tion process.

“There is no need for pa­tients to worry or to change their prac­tice.”

Car­den prac­tice man­ager Shona Alexan­der added: “As with many other prac­tices, Car­den has a mix­ture of salar­ied GPs, locums and GP part­ners who own the busi­ness.

“One part­ner is mov­ing on from Car­den for ca­reer rea­sons and the re­main­ing two part­ners have taken the de­ci­sion to work with Aberdeen City Health and So­cial Care Part­ner­ship (ACHSCP) to look at dif­fer­ent ways of work­ing to se­cure the fu­ture of the prac­tice.

“We want to re­as­sure our pa­tients

“There is no need for pa­tients to worry or change prac­tice”

that our ser­vices will con­tinue as nor­mal through­out and our staff re­main avail­able to deal with all pri­mary care needs.”

Rose­mount and Mid­stocket SNP coun­cil­lor Bill Cormie, whose ward in­cludes the clinic, said: “Ob­vi­ously I am aware of the sit­u­a­tion and some of my neigh­bours at­tend the prac­tice.

“It doesn’t sound as se­vere as some of the other re­cent sit­u­a­tions given the guar­an­tees it won’t close, but I un­der­stand the con­cerns of pa­tients and staff.”

Aberdeen South MP Ross Thom­son added: “More than 9,000 Aberdeen pa­tients are be­ing no­ti­fied of a po­ten­tially mas­sive change. I will be in touch with the health and so­cial care part­ner­ship to make sure any tran­si­tion is smooth and no one is ad­versely af­fected.”

Health bosses have pledged to keep Car­den Med­i­cal Cen­tre run­ning

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