New surgery for Ratho

​A new GP surgery is to be built in Ratho under plans approved by NHS Lothian.
The new proposals will see the existing surgery increase in capacity, when it relocates from Baird Road to a new purpose built facility on 14a Wilkieston Road on the west side of the village.
The surgery will be extended to provide improved accommodation for the local community to meet the demand for healthcare services from a growing local population.
The new medical centre will have four consulting rooms, one treatment room, a waiting area and a staff meeting room. The development will also have on-site parking and will be accessible by public transport.
Peter Gabbitas, Joint Director, Edinburgh Health and Social Care Partnership said: “I’m sure that this news will be welcomed by the people of Ratho and its surrounding areas.
“The new surgery will provide the local community with modern and fit-for-purpose healthcare facilities. It will also have the capacity to meet the demands of an ever increasing local population.
“The team working on the project are now moving ahead with the plans alongside the site developer.”
Judy Wightman, Chair, Ratho and District Community Council said: “The people of Ratho will be delighted with the news. The new surgery is much needed and is something which the Community Council has been keen to see developed for some time.
“We look forward to seeing the plans progress over the next year.”
A planning application is expected to be submitted to the City of Edinburgh Council in the early part of 2015.
Under the proposed plans the existing property at 14a Wilkieston Road will be demolished by the developer, the Kiltane Group, and a new facility will be built in its place. NHS Lothian will then lease the property.
Mark Keane from The Kiltane Group said: “The Kiltane Group are delighted to work with NHS Lothian in providing bespoke new facilities for the people of Ratho and its expanding population.”
Construction is anticipated to start by Autumn 2015 and the site completed by Spring 2016.