Stretched Bonnyrigg surgery cuts patient lists

Bonnyrigg community Health Centre, Quarryfoot Medical Practice
Bonnyrigg community Health Centre, Quarryfoot Medical Practice

Elderly patients are among those who have been told to find a new GP as a stretched surgery has been forced to streamline its patient lists.

More than 140 patients have been told they can no longer use Quarryfoot Practice, in Bonnyrigg Health Centre, as their homes are outside the centre’s boundaries.

Practice manager Alison Murphy explained the centre had been forced to clamp down on patients who no longer live within the area.

A 77-year-old woman, who lives in nearby Newtongrange, said she was “disturbed” to receive a letter last Friday saying that she and her 84-year-old husband had been removed from the list after being registered for 50 years.

The pensioner, who asked to remain anonymous, said: “We feel like an old pair of shoes which are being thrown out in the waste bin. What a way to treat the most vulnerable people in today’s society.

“Until the last three years we have never been a burden on the NHS as we both enjoyed robust good health, and now we have reached an age where we need some care we are given one month to find another practice.”

Quarryfoot will support patients until they find a new GP, said manager Alison Murphy. She said:“We do realise it is difficult for patients but we do not have much choice.”

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