Loanhead concern at podiatry service loss

Civic leaders in Loanhead have pledged to fight plans to remove the podiatry service from the town’s new health centre.

Midlothian Health and Social Care Partnership has said that the decision is based on low patient numbers.

The partnership says there are only three people attending the podiatry service at Loanhead.

Peter Collins, chairman of the patient participation group at Sutherland House GP practice, told the January meeting of Loanhead and District Community Council: “It is a liberty what they did to it [the service].

He claimed that lengthy waiting times for an appointment had forced people to seek treatment elsewhere: “I can’t understand why they can have the service at Roslin and Bonnyrigg but not have it at Loanhead?”

In his letter to Mr Collins, Midlothian CHP head of health Allister Short said the planned surgery redevelopment was at an early stage but some of the decision making had been accelerated to fit in with Midlothian Council’s wider campus plans.

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