community, health, public sector

New health complex in Midlothian

A NEW health centre in Midlothian opened its doors to patients today (Monday, May 16).

The new Bonnyrigg Health Centre provides homes for three GP practices, along with district nurses, health visitors, midwives, physiotherapists and other health workers.

The building, at 109-111 High Street, replaces the existing centre at 35-37 High Street.

David White, the general manager of the Midlothian Health Care Co-operative, said the new facility would integrate a number of area health services under one roof. “It’s not just good news for Bonnyrigg, but the whole of the Midlothian area.”

He added: “There are plans to offer a dedicated room to the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service and to provide physiotherapy from Bonnyrigg Health Centre in a much improved setting.

“There are also a couple of consulting rooms to allow clinical teams based here and visiting specialists to see patients from the Bonnyrigg, Rosewell and Loanhead area. The new centre will house nail surgery for the whole of Midlothian and the ultra-sound scanning machine currently located in Dalkeith will be relocated to one of the midwife’s rooms in Bonnyrigg, probably in June.”

The new centre will also be home to the Midlothian Dementia Team; The Midlothian Care of the Elderly Community Mental Health Team; The Midlothian Community Learning Disabilities Team; The Midlothian Rehabilitation (OT) Team; The Midlothian Domiciliary Physiotherapy Service; and The Midlothian Dietetics Team.

Previously these teams were located in a range of premises inside and outside Midlothian. Bringing them together in one location will make it easier for medical staff to co-ordinate patient care.

The one service NOT moving to the new premises will be the area’s out of hours clinic. It will continue to operate from the old health centre at 35-37 High Street, Bonnyrigg, for the time being.

A number of new phone numbers have been set up for teams moving to the new centre. However, patients have been told that phone numbers for local family doctors and practice nurse appointments will remain the same.

An NHS Lothian spokesman said the new centre planned to run normal daytime services from today (Monday, May 16). “However, it will be a very busy time for staff as they settle into their new home – so please bear with them,” said the spokesman.

The NHS Lothian Board member for Midlothian, Councillor Danny Molloy, said: “As well as providing a new home for the old health centre, the new base brings a number of area health teams together. It will provide better facilities for staff and patients in Midlothian.”

Issued by ADRIAN MAHONEY of The PR Store
on behalf of NHS Lothian