A CHANGE in GP appointment hours is being introduced at Kelloholm surgery. With effect from this week, Upper Nithsdale Group Practice will only be able to provide GP clinics at the surgery in Kelloholm on weekday mornings. This arrangement has been made following the recent departure of Dr Marion MacDonald and an increased reliance on locum GPs.

Appointments with a practice nurse will continue to remain available throughout the day, Monday to Friday.

The surgery in Sanquhar will continue to provide GP appointments for all registered patients throughout the day.

Upper Nithsdale Group Practice continues their efforts to recruit on a permanent basis. The practice continues to rely on the support from other locum GPs.

Meanwhile, patients and the practice continue to benefit from the GP Triage system, which was introduced in June as part of a national initiative and which helps ensure that patients receive care from the right person at the right time.

Any patients seeking appointments should do so by continuing to phone 01659 67376 for Kelloholm and 01569 50221 for Sanquhar.