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Fate of GP surgery will be determined soon

Photograph Jamie Forbes 28.3.14 Hilton Terrace GP Surgery, Bishopbriggs. Councillor Billy Hendry opposing the proposed closure of the surgery.

Photograph Jamie Forbes 28.3.14 Hilton Terrace GP Surgery, Bishopbriggs. Councillor Billy Hendry opposing the proposed closure of the surgery.

The fate of a run-down GP surgery in Bishopbriggs which is threatened with closure will be determined within the next few weeks.

There has been fierce opposition to plans to scrap Hilton Terrace practice and transfer patients to another surgery.

A public consultation, which was launched in April after the GP practice partners submitted a formal application to NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde to withdraw services there, has now closed.

An NHS spokesman said this week: “A report on the consultation responses is being collated and will be presented to East Dunbartonshire Community Health Partnership management meeting on September 10.

“Every Hilton Terrace 
patient over the age of 16 will receive a letter with information on the decision.”

The GPs claim the building is “not fit for purpose” because of its condition and patients have been told they may be transferred to the main practice in Auchinairn Road.

But a number of elderly patients living nearby have hit out at the plan, saying the local surgery is a lifeline for them.

They are being backed by MP Jo Swinson, who believes the best option is to upgrade the building. Bishopbriggs Councillor Billy Hendry is also against its closure.

One patient in her 80s, who has been using the surgery for decades said: “I have to attend my GP regularly. There is no direct bus route to Auchinairn Road surgery.

“I feel that we are being 
deserted by the NHS.”

 

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