Scottish Government support for GP merger

Academy Medical Centre.
Academy Medical Centre.

The planned merger between Academy Medical Centre and Ravenswood Surgery in Forfar has received a funding boost.

Confirmation came last week of two years funding from the Scottish Government through the Primary Care Transformation Fund.

This funding will support the merger and introduction of new models of care within general practice.

Dr Nico Grunenberg said: “We are really delighted to have received ongoing support from Scottish Government to help deliver our plans for the new practice. This will allow us to realise our ambitions for the new practice.

“Many of our patients have been seeking reassurance that the merger is going ahead and we can advise that lots of work is ongoing to get ready for what is a big change for us all.

“We have been working with NHS Tayside to finalise plans to reconfigure the existing Academy Medical Centre and it is hoped that the final plans will be agreed this week. Once we know how long building works will take we will be able to commit to a merger date and share that with our patients.”

Once merged, Academy Medical Centre and Ravenswood Surgery will become one of the largest general practices in Scotland serving a practice population of approximately 14,200. The new practice, Chapelpark Healthcare Centre, aims to deliver care individually tailored to meet the needs of the individual, with patients allocated to one of five small teams.

Each team will consist of GPs, practice nurses, healthcare assistants, community nursing staff and reception staff. The model of care aims to support maximum health and wellbeing for the population with good relationships developed between the patient and their clinical team to support continuity of care. Scottish Government funding will enable the teams within the practice to be enhanced to extend the range of services available within the practice.

Dr Grunenberg concluded: “We hope to be in a position to provide our patients with details regarding both the building works at Academy Medical Centre and the proposed merger date in the near future. Services continue meantime and will continue to be delivered throughout the refurbishment works.”