Out of Hours Moves In

One of the first healthcare services takes up residency at Midlothian Community Hospital

The new Midlothian Community Hospital will welcome one of the first services to occupy the modern, purpose-built building next week. The GP Out-of-Hours service (Lothian Unscheduled Care Service) will move into the new hospital from its current premises at the former Bonnyrigg Health Centre on Tuesday 7 September.

The GP Out-of-Hours service which provides medical care when GP surgeries are closed in the evenings and weekends, will be fully operational from 6pm on Tuesday 7th September.

Marion Storrie, Clinical Director, Lothian Unscheduled Care Service, NHS Lothian said:

"The team has been looking forward to moving in to the hospital as it will provide first-class facilities for patients and staff in a much improved environment."

The new community hospital will provide 88 beds - 40 frail elderly continuing care beds and 48 frail elderly mental health beds. These will include 24 assessment beds for older people with mental health problems and 24 continuing care beds for older people with mental health problems.

The new community hospital will also include a day hospital for older people with mental health problems, a dedicated physiotherapy and occupational therapy service, an out-patient department, including x-ray service, child health clinics, and a range of other health services.

Equipment and other healthcare services will move in from next week and the hospital is expected to be fully operational by the middle of September.

Anyone who requires medical attention when their GP surgery is closed should contact NHS 24 in the first instance on 08454 242424. 

07/07/2010