Ratho Surgery Set to Double with Major Expansion

Plans to expand a GP surgery in Ratho village which will double capacity is moving forward apace.  NHS Lothian has appointed Hubco to extend an existing building in Ratho to create a new medical centre.

The £500,000 plans will see Ratho Surgery relocate from Baird Road to a larger, existing building on Wilkieston Road on the west side of the village. The surgery will be extended to provide, improved services for the local community.

NHS Lothian has appointed hub South East Scotland Limited to deliver the facility who has selected the contractor Graham Construction to develop the site.  The design team Cameron Architects has also been appointed.

The decision was taken to extend Ratho Surgery to provide more services and to meet the demand for healthcare services from a growing, local population.

The new medical centre will have two consultant rooms and one treatment room which will double the clinical capacity and significantly benefit the local community. The development will also have a staff/meeting room and on site parking with two disabled parking bays.

Colin Briggs, General Manager, Edinburgh Community Health Partnership, NHS Lothian, said:  “We are delighted that plans are progressing well and we have worked with the members of the local community to bring this to fruition. This development, which we recognise is needed, will hugely enhance the healthcare services provided to residents in the community.  By doubling the capacity, people will benefit from improved healthcare services in modern, purpose built facilities.”

Paul McGirk, Chief Executive of hub South East Scotland, said:  “We are delighted that this development is progressing well and to be extending our successful relationship with NHS Lothian.

“As a company, hub is committed to working in partnership with local authorities, the NHS and the private sector, focused on delivering excellent community facilities for local people. This proposed new purpose-built medical centre will represent a big step forward in the quality of the infrastructure for health and social care in the Ratho area.”

A planning application is expected to be submitted within the next few weeks. Construction work is projected to start in the autumn and the project is anticipated to be completed by spring 2014.