There have been a number of changes in the Practice recently with more to come and we would like to keep you updated on these.
Many of you will be aware that our super-efficient Practice Nurse Anne Marie Wilkie (no relation!) and her husband Jim have emigrated to be with their son and grandson. She now has a job in Australia and is already making her mark there. As a result of her leaving Sister Margaret Irvine has moved to full time and will take over Anne Marie’s duties. We are pleased to welcome Nurse Nicola Askew who has started with us part time as a new Practice Nurse and will be building up her responsibilities in due course.
Last autumn Dr Pope accepted a full time post with Glasgow University so is no longer a Partner here. However she needs to keep her clinical skills up to date and to that end still holds a half day surgery here each week.
To cover Dr Pope’s sessions Dr Campbell is working an extra day a week with the balance being covered by locum doctors. Recently we have had to use a fair amount of locum cover as Dr Farrell was unwell for several weeks. Dr Farrell is now back at work and keeping well and thanks all the patients who asked after him when he was on sick leave.
We have now secured a permanent replacement for Dr Pope. Dr Shona Stewart will be joining the Practice on 1st June working part time. Dr Stewart has been working in Greenock for the past eight years and trained in Port Glasgow so knows the area well. We feel she will make a big contribution to the Practice and are very happy to have her.
Returning on 1st August also on a permanent basis will be Dr Lynsey Yeoman who many of you will remember was our GP Trainee two years ago and has been working in the Glasgow Homeless Unit and an academic post since then. We are delighted to have her back and any patients who met her before will be aware of her many fine qualities.
Dr Wilkie will be retiring at the end of July after 32 years as a GP in Port Glasgow. He recently received an NHS Education Scotland award in the category of Outstanding Role Model for his work in supporting teaching and training locally. He was the only winner in this category and the only GP to win one of these Scotland wide awards. This is a great honour but would not have been possible without the contribution and forbearance of the patients who were willing to talk to and be examined by students over the years and Dr Wilkie would like to thank all such patients for this.
This summarises the expected changes and we will keep you informed of any other developments.
Drs Wilkie, Farrell and Campbell