Due to the ongoing difficulties in recruiting replacement GPs, it has been agreed that NHS Forth Valley will take over temporary responsibility for running Kersiebank Medical Practice from 1st May 2015 to ensure that patients continue to have access to high quality local medical services.
Dr Stuart Cumming, NHS Forth Valley’s Associate Medical Director for Primary Care Services, will have clinical responsibility for the Practice during this interim period. Work is also underway to recruit a team of salaried GPs, employed by the Health Board, who would be able to provide support to Kersiebank Medical Practice and a number of other local Practices in Forth Valley which are experiencing similar difficulties in recruiting permanent staff.
In addition, NHS Forth Valley is planning to expand other services at the Practice to provide additional support to local patients. The means that you may be offered an appointment with another healthcare professional such as a physiotherapist or a mental health nurse. In many cases this will reduce delays and ensure you have access to the specialist support and advice you require.
When you contact the Practice to make an appointment you may now be asked to speak to a Practice nurse first. The nurse can offer advice and make an appointment for you to see the most appropriate health professional. The Practice Nurse may also be able to arrange for you to get a prescription or direct you to other local health services which are able to treat minor illnesses and injuries.Read full article