The new Rutland Surgery, based in Govan, has been officially opened by the cabinet secretary for health and wellbeing Nicola Sturgeon.
The cabinet secretary met with staff and patients at the new surgery, enjoying a tour of the new facility including the new treatment room and nurse consulting room.
Health Secretary Nicola Sturgeon said: “I am delighted to see this new surgery open. Even in the challenging times we now face, investment in primary care to ensure patients can access services as close to home as possible remains a priority.
“This new building will help enable the practice to deliver high quality, safe services to their patients, while also ensuring improved access to primary care services.”
Rutland Surgery has three GPs, two part-time practice nurses, a practice manager and deputy as well as an IT assistant and four part-time receptionists. The practice also offers a dietician and chiropodist for diabetic clinics as well as access to health visitors, hospice nurse and drug counsellor.
The practice serves nearly 3000 patients and patients from the surgery have had the opportunity to contribute to the design process of the new surgery which is particularly impressive.
The new building is almost three times the size of the old surgery and offers more consulting and nursing rooms as well as an improved reception and waiting rooms.
The reception incorporates natural materials in it including wood from trees which grew on the site and which were felled to make room for the new build. Two benches in the waiting room were made using Swedish white beam trees with the reception desk made from Lime tree wood and a small unit in reception made from poplar.
Natural light from the skylights brings a peaceful and therapeutic feel to the waiting room.
Dr Ronald Wolfe from Rutland Surgery said: “The move to the new surgery has facilitated a necessary leap to 21st century conditions, we have more spacious consulting rooms and none of our doctors will have to “hotdesk” any longer. With our new meeting room, we hope to be able to offer more community-based activities and move ahead with the “Keep Well” project which includes screening for general health, smoking cessation, literacy and benefits for a defined population.
"It is a pleasure to be able to practise in the new surgery with its greatly improved facilities for patients, and kinder working conditions for all the staff. We are very fortunate and grateful to have been provided with such a wonderful building which is light and spacious and finished to such a high standard, incorporating lots of features of local history in its design.
“It has been a long and arduous process over 12 years to bring this about. I wish to thank the developers, Apollo, everyone at the Health Board, and all those friends and colleagues in the locality who have supported us over the years."
Notes to editors
The new Rutland Surgery is based at 24 Govan Road, Glasgow G51 1HS.
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