Patients set to benefit from relocated Leith Surgery

Works are complete at the new £1.17m Leith Surgery meaning more patients can use the practice in the future.

Up to an extra 2,000 patients will be added to the surgery list as a result of the move which will provide a modern and fit-for-purpose facility.

Leith ribbon web.JPGThe current surgery, which is based across two different sites, will bring their new chapter together in an historic A-listed Edinburgh property that was once part of Leith Central Station.
Located at the bottom of Leith Walk, at the junction with Duke Street, the surgery will open to patients on the 17 July 2017.
Rob McCulloch-Graham, Chief Officer, Edinburgh Health and Social Care Partnership, said: “This project aims to support the practice to be able to offer registration to around 2000 more local people.

The relocation to a single site and into a building which has been designed with staff and patients will result in improved services for local people in the catchment area of the surgery.

“Relocating Leith Surgery is another great example of partnership working and I’d like to thank the partners and all the staff at Leith Surgery who have supported this project.”

Dr Jeremy Chowings, Leith Surgery, said: “From 17th July, our patients will be using our modern purpose designed facility that is housed in a fantastic landmark building.

“We believe this move will enable us to improve our service to our patients old and new. Our new surgery will be located on Duke Street; therefore we have changed the name of the surgery from ‘Leith Walk Surgery’ to ‘Leith Surgery’. It’s a different name and building but the same staff and services.

“On behalf of all the partners, I would like to thank NHS Lothian for funding this project and Westerwood for undertaking the refurbishment and assisting with the planning of the project.”

Westerwood Development Group handed over the new facilities on the 5th July.  They are represented on the project by commercial property advisers GVA.

Peter Fraser of GVA said: “Leith Surgery is moving into a unique building with a fascinating history in the heart of Leith; an area home to a growing number of prominent businesses which is well-served by local amenities and links to the nearby city centre. 

“We are delighted to have played our part in this letting.”

David Hodgkinson, Managing Partner at HK Surveying and Design said: “We have been very proud to be working closely with Leith Surgery, NHS Lothian and Patients to provide what is an important facility to the local community and also breathe new life into an iconic building in Leith’s history which has lain idle for a number of years.

“Both the Surgery and NHS Lothian should be praised in allowing us to implement a modern and unique concept for healthcare design which we hope provides an inviting, contemporary space; both sensitive to patients needs and offering a vibrant working environment for the staff.”

Patients will start using the new facilities from Monday 17th July 2017.  
 



Valerie Whittaker (middle), who recently retired following dedicating 32 years to working at the Surgery, officially opened the new Surgery. Valerie was joined by one of the Surgery’s mature patients (left) and former Leith MSP and Scottish Health Minister, Malcolm Chisholm (right)

07/07/2017