Expansion at Penicuik Medical Practice

Penicuik Medical Practice celebrated the official opening of its £462,000 new extension this week.  Dr Charles Winstanley, Chair, NHS Lothian cut a ribbon with Dr Hamish Reid, Clinical Director and Dr Drummond Begg, to formally open the new facilities. 

A total of two new, purpose-built consultation rooms have been added to the Practice.  The work also included converting an existing room into a state-of-the-art consultation room for minor surgery. The fully refurbished reception area and an enhanced administration office completed the work.

Dr Winstanley was given a tour of the new extension and met staff and other invited guests at the event.

Dr Charles Winstanley, Chair, NHS Lothian said:

“This is a significant investment in GP services in Penicuik which I am sure the local community will welcome. It demonstrates our commitment to providing modern, high quality accommodation  which will continue to provide improved patient-centred, high quality facilities for the area’s expanding population.”

Dr Hamish Reid, Clinical Director for Midlothian Community Health Partnership and a GP at Penicuik Medical Practice, said:

"Excellent co-operation and teamwork from the GP practice, the wider Penicuik primary healthcare team, Midlothian Community Health Partnership has resulted in a revitalised, modern health centre.  Extending the existing building has allowed us to improve the healthcare services for the local community effectively and efficiently."

Cabinet Secretary for Health and Wellbeing Nicola Sturgeon said:

“I am sure both patients and service users will be delighted with this improved new facility which is already providing excellent services to the local community.
“Throughout Scotland, we want to see accessible, modern facilities that deliver the services that patients need and provide good working conditions for our dedicated primary care teams.”

Sue Edmond, Vice Chair, Midlothian Public Partnership Forum for Health, said:

“The Forum welcomes the upgraded facilities, including the consulting room which is to be used for minor surgery; reducing the need for patient's to travel significant distances.  It is proposed to continue to develop already established links with the practice, to ensure patient's are involved in the development of facilities/services.”

The Penicuik Medical Practice has nine GPs and a range of community nurses are also based at the practice.  In addition, a number of services are provided at the Practice including podiatry, physiotherapy and dental care.  Specialist clinics for a range of conditions, including asthma, diabetes and stroke are also provided.

01/09/2011