The Aberdeen Donside MSP learned the centre in his constituency is facing difficulties following recruitment challenges of General Practitioners in the area, which may impact services in the community in the longer term.
Staff at the Northfield and Mastrick Medical Practice are employed by NHS Grampian but managed by Aberdeen City Health & Social Care Partnership (ACHSCP). In a letter to patients, ACHSCP say they will be seeking for other GP practices to take over providing services for patients registered to the practice.
Mark McDonald MSP said: “I am extremely concerned about this issue and want to work as quickly and constructively as possible with NHS Grampian and ACHSCP to find a solution for residents in Northfield and Mastrick.
“Health services are incredibly important, especially on a local level, and with so many patients reliant on services it is vital that we explore all options possible to maintaining this facility in the community. I believe there are lessons to be learned from the transition that took place between Brimmond and New Dyce medical practices last year, and am keen to discuss this with health board representatives.
“Aberdeen is a fantastic and world leading hub for medical research and training, and we must continue to do more to attract GPs to come and work in our city communities and provide the care which people here need and appreciate having.
“I will meet with NHS Grampian bosses as soon as possible to find out what is needed to resolve the ongoing issues at the practice. All partners involved in this need to put full effort into finding a positive outcome for Northfield and Mastrick Medical Practice and the patients it serves.”
See Mark's letter to NHS Grampian below: