Planning approval granted for new Ratho Surgery

Proposals for a new purpose-built GP surgery in Ratho have been approved by the City of Edinburgh Council planning committee.
 
The project will see the current surgery relocated from Baird Road to a new purpose built facility on Wilkieston Road.

Under the plans the existing property at 14a Wilkieston Road will be demolished by the developer and a new two storey building developed in its place. NHS Lothian will then lease the ground floor from the developer for the new surgery. 

The new surgery will add additional consulting rooms and a treatment room in modern and fit-for-purpose accommodation. 

Alex McMahon, Director of Strategic Planning, Performance Reporting and Information, NHS Lothian, said: “This is great news for Ratho Surgery and for the local community.
 
"The new surgery will provide improved and modern accommodation for the growing local population and for the staff who work there. 
 
“We would like to thank Ratho Community Council for their input and support throughout the planning process."
“NHS Lothian is committed to sustaining GP services for Ratho and the surrounding population. We are confident that the new building will help to play a positive role in the long term future of Ratho Surgery.
 
“The new surgery will be modern, purpose-built and have space for expansion, as the population of Ratho increases as will the number of staff based within the surgery.”
 
Mark Keane from The Kiltane Group, said: “We are delighted that planning has been approved for this new development. We look forward to working closely with NHS Lothian over the next few months as we develop the detailed designs."

Construction of the new surgery is anticipated to start by the end of 2015 and is expected to open to patients by the middle of 2016.

Designs of the new surgery will be shared with the local community once they are developed.
 
More information is available at www.nhslothian.scot.nhs.uk/rathosurgery
13/07/2015