Abbey Health Centre in Arbroath has decided to terminate their contract with NHS Tayside and this will end on 31 July 2020. Due to this, NHS Tayside agreed that applications to register from patients who were already registered with a practice in the area may be refused by the other Arbroath and Friockheim practices. It was also agreed at this time that these practices would only accept registrations from the small number of new patients who come to the area. This decision was taken as a pragmatic approach to support the remaining practices in Arbroath and Friockheim in managing their capacity whilst a plan was being developed to secure the continued safe delivery of primary medical services.
Since the introduction of this local arrangement, and although not directly linked to NHS Tayside's decision, there has also been further development nationally in this respect. The Scottish Government has recently issued clarification to all GP practices across Scotland that they should accept applications to register from patients who are new to their areas. However, whilst patients who are already registered with a GP in their area are able to apply to another practice, those practices are not obliged to accept them, nor is the Health Board required to assign them to a practice list.
Abbey Health Centre will continue to provide all of its registered patients with a full range of primary medical services until 31 July 2020. As stated in the Health Board's letter which was sent to these patients of 19 February 2020, their patients will be contacted again before 31 May 2020 with details of the arrangements which have been made for their ongoing care and treatment.
We will update this site once we have further information from NHS Tayside in relation to the decision made regarding the future of Abbey Health Centre.
Updated 28 April 2020