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Temporary arrangements in place for Cromarty Practice 

19/06/2017   |  South & Mid Highland 
 

NHS Highland is to take on the responsibility for the patients registered with Cromarty Practice from Monday, 3rd July.

Initially this will be provided through a mixture of locum cover working from the Practice with input from GPs based at the Munlochy Practice. The move comes following the decision by partners to hand the Practice back to NHS Highland due to recruitment difficulties.

NHS Highland has also not yet been able to recruit and so has had to put in place some temporary arrangements.

Initially patients will receive care from locums based at the Cromarty Practice with any gaps picked up the Munlochy Practice. NHS Highland confirmed that emergency on the day appointments will continue to be available but in some cases patients may have to travel to Munlochy.

NHS Highland’s Clinical Director for south and mid, Dr Stewart MacPherson, said: “I recognise the arrangements are not ideal and I would like to apologise to patients for any inconvenience.

“As well as not being able to recruit GPs to take on the Practice we have also not been able to secure enough locum doctors. I am extremely grateful to colleagues in the Munlochy Practice for stepping in and providing contingency cover."

He added: “Attempts to recruit have not been successful, however we did have some expressions of interest and I remain hopeful we will secure a more permanent solution in due course. Until this is resolved, patients can be reassured that NHS Highland will be responsible for providing the service.

”Going forward we may have to think quite differently around what the new model will look like but we will look at any options in discussion with local people and staff.”

Cromarty Practice had experienced difficulty in recruiting medical staff for several years, and despite strenuous efforts they were not able to resolve the problem, making the current model unsustainable. The situation in Cromarty reflects wider challenges across Scotland.

Further information

Andrew Devlin 
Communications Manager 
01463 704723