Langabhat Practice takes over Westside Medical Practice

Services at Westside Medical Practice will be sustained, following the decision to award the contract to provide local general medical services to Langabhat Practice.

Under the new arrangement, patients will notice no difference in local medical services provided to them; they will continue to see the same GP and the same nurses during the same surgery hours as at present. The change in contract will essentially mean that surgeries in Borve and Carloway will become part of the larger Langabhat Practice.

A selection panel, chaired by Board Chairman Neil Galbraith and including patient representatives from Carloway and Borve, met on Wednesday to consider two bids. Following a robust process which involved scoring each of the bids against 22 criteria – including assurance of continued GP provision in each surgery, the ‘TUPE’ transfer of all practice staff, quality of services, and surgery hours - the panel took the decision to award the contract to Langabhat Practice.

Dr Tony Higgins, who currently holds the contract to provide general medical services in the Westside, is due to retire from the Practice on March 31 2012.

Board Chair Neil Galbraith said: “The panel considered the two bids objectively and took the decision to award the contract to Langabhat Practice, which achieved the higher score against the criteria with a high quality submission, ensuring the continuation of current services in Borve and Carloway.

“Langabhat Practice has had extensive experience in delivering high quality patient care in rural Lewis. Langabhat now has the opportunity to work closely with the staff in the Westside to preserve and further enhance the excellent services provided there.”

Chrisanna Macaulay, Practice Manager of Langabhat Practice, said: “We are delighted and honoured to be given the opportunity to work with the salaried doctors and staff at Westside Medical Practice to ensure the future sustainability of healthcare services to the population there.”