Date lodged: 2 May 2018
To ask the Scottish Government what action it is taking in response to the reported concerns raised by residents in the area regarding the impact of the closure of the Stoneyburn Health Centre GP service in West Lothian, and what discussions it has had with NHS Lothian about this.
Answered by: Shona Robison 15 May 2018
The West Lothian Health and Social Care Partnership (HSCP) is planning on consolidating GP services for all patients registered at Breich Valley Medical Practice to the Fauldhouse Partnership Centre site as of 1 June 2018 and to re-advertise the practice on this basis. Applicants would be offered the option of using the Stoneyburn branch for medical provision if they wished.
Additional support will continue in the form of the specially trained Paramedics to support home visits and GP Advanced Physiotherapy Practitioners. Community services will continue to be provided in Stoneyburn and housebound patients will receive exactly the same service as they do at the moment.
A letter has gone out last week to the whole practice population to advise them of the situation and the HSCP are continuing to work with the Practice to enable a smooth transition.
Our ambition is to increase the number of GPs by at least 800 over ten years to ensure a sustainable service that meets increasing demand.