Published: 30/07/2012 13:32 - Updated: 30/07/2012 21:54

NHS Highland to assume responsibility of Thurso medical practice

NHS Highland.PATIENTS have been offered reassurance after it emerged NHS Highland is to assume responsibility for a GP practice in Thurso on a temporary basis.

The partners behind Riverbank Medical Practice have decided to end the partnership following an "exceptionally difficult period".

In a joint statement from NHS Highland and the Riverbank Medical Practice released today, it was revealed the "partnership is no longer viable".

"Riverbank Medical Practice in Thurso is going through a period of transition but we would like to reassure patients that there will be no change to general medical services being provided from the practice," it says.

"Following an exceptionally difficult period, the partners of Riverbank Medical Practice have taken the very difficult decision to end their partnership. Despite their best efforts, the continuation of the partnership is no longer viable.

"The partners continue to work very closely with NHS Highland to ensure a smooth transition until NHS Highland take over.

"The practice already uses a number of experienced regular locum doctors. These arrangements will be extended until a longer-term solution is put in place.

"A meeting has taken place with the staff to keep them informed of the temporary arrangements."

It says contingency plans are in place at the Janet Street practice and there will be no disruption to service during the transition.

Patients are to be kept fully informed of any proposed changes.

*See more on this story in Wednesday’s Caithness Courier.

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