NHS board steps in to secure GP practice

Friday 4th October 2019

A health board will step in to stop an Aberdeen GP practice closing after partners decided to stop running the surgery.

If no other GPs can be found to take on Carden Place practice, NHS Grampian and the city’s health and social care partnership will run the surgery directly.

Partnership chief officer Sandra Ross stressed “patients have no need to worry and do not need to do anything” and said services “will continue as normal”.

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

“All practice staff have been informed of the situation and letters have gone out to Carden’s patients. Practice staff, patients and stakeholders will continue to receive communications at each stage of this transition process.”

Most surgeries are run directly by GPs who own the business but recent years have seen a rising trend of partners saying the risks and costs of owning a practice are too great.

Ministers introduced a loan scheme earlier this year to ‘ease the financial burden associating with owning a practice’.

Carden practice manager Shona Alexander said: "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 the Partnership to look at different ways of working to secure the future of the practice. We are pleased to have the opportunity to plan with them.

“We want to reassure our patients that our services will continue as normal throughout and our staff remain available to deal with all primary care needs."