Disappointing news for Furnace and Inveraray on GP Practice service

Argyll & Bute Community Health Partnership (CHP) today confirmed that Lochgilphead Medical Centre has been unsuccessful in its attempt to recruit a permanent GP to provide Primary Medical Services, including Out of Hours, for patients served by the Furnace/Inveraray Practice.

This means that the CHP will continue to provide locum GP cover to ensure that there is continuity of care for patients until a more permanent solution can be delivered.

Christina West, Locality Manager for Mid Argyll, Kintyre & Islay, says: ‘Lochgilphead Medical Centre has been unsuccessful in their attempt to recruit a permanent GP to provide Primary Medical Services, including Out of Hours, for patients served by the Furnace/Inveraray Practice.

‘Argyll & Bute Community Health Partnership will now review this situation so that we can move forward and progress a sustainable model of GP Services for the communities served by this Practice.

‘In the meantime a locum service will continue to be provided to ensure that there is continuity of care. This will continue to deliver both Primary Medical Services and Out of Hours for patients.

‘I would like to thank the local community for their patience and will ensure that patients are kept informed of future developments as we move towards putting a permanent solution in place.’

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3 Responses to Disappointing news for Furnace and Inveraray on GP Practice service

  1. It may be “disappointing” that there is not yet a permanent GP at the Furnace practice, but the locums who have treated me there have been uniformly superb. So I’m not complaining.

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  2. I too have had a good service from locum doctors. Indeed, it could be said that I had a better service.

    However, I guess it all comes down to cost in the long run. Also many patients prefer to build up a relationship and trust with their doctor rather than see someone they don’t know and who doesn’t know the patient’s history.

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