The current GP partners at Brechin Medical practice are dissolving the partnership and asking NHS Tayside to support them to deliver GP services from October 1.
Two GPs have recently left the practice and, due to a national GP shortage, there have been difficulties in recruiting replacements. NHS Tayside will take over responsibility for running the practice from the beginning of October.
Dr Michelle Watts, Associate Medical Director, Primary Care Services for NHS Tayside, said: “We would like to reassure the people of Brechin that our absolute priority is to continue to provide primary care services for the local population.
“Work is already underway to recruit a team of salaried GPs for Brechin who will be employed by NHS Tayside and will work with the existing team from the Brechin premises.
“We aim to continue to deliver a range of healthcare services from the practice and we will do our very best to ensure continuity of care for all patients.
“Patients will remain registered with Brechin Medical Practice after October 1 and there is no need for them to take any further action. Patients will continue to access GP and primary care services at the practice as they do now.”
The medical practice introduces a new appointment service earlier this year to help patients access services. There is now an open access surgery during 8.30 to 10.30 am where patients can attend to be seen by a GP or a Nurse Practitioner on a ‘come and wait’ basis without the need to call to make an appointment.
Fiona Robertson, Practice Manager, said: “The system is working well and has reduced the number of appointments wasted due to patients not attending. We will continue to monitor progress and will amend the system where appropriate.
“We welcome feedback and any of our patients who would like to get more involved in informing future developments in healthcare provision within Brechin should contact me at the practice for further information.”
Dr Watts added: “We will also take the opportunity to look at new ways of delivering care to the locality including the development of named multi-professional teams working in the community to support people with health needs.”