Questions and Answers

Q. Why is it more difficult to sustain a small surgery (with a smaller list) than a larger one; there didn’t seem to be any problems in the past? The list isn’t likely to grow if new residents hear there are problems; they will register with another practice.
A. Ratho has about 2200 patients on its GP list. Compared with practices in Edinburgh, for example, this is small and only justifies a small clinical team. The average list size in Edinburgh is around 7000 and practices with list sizes below a minimum threshold of circa 3000 often struggle to provide consistent services because they only have this small team. It is important that everyone supports the surgery and its staff to grow to help to improve the stability of the practice. As the population grows, so will the list size and this means that the size of the primary care team will also grow.

Q. Can you promise that we are going to get a new surgery in Ratho?
A. Construction commenced in January 2017 and is due to be completed by the end of 2017.

Q. Who is going to build it and who will own it?
A. The developer will build the surgery and will continue to own it. NHS Lothian will lease the completed surgery for a minimum period of 15 years.

Q. There was talk of a dental practice being part of the surgery, or moving into the former surgery. What has happened to this plan?
A. There was some interest from a dentist when the surgery was first planned, but there has been no recent approach to the Health Board by any dentist.

Q. What will happen to the old surgery?
A. NHS Lothian has a lease with the owner and will discuss future uses with them. There are a number of options which can be considered and discussed prior to the new surgery becoming operational.

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Last Reviewed: 13/03/2017