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Health / Levenwick medical practice to be managed by NHS

The Levenwick practice. Photo © Google 2021

THE LEVENWICK Medical Practice will go under the management of NHS Shetland from Sunday (1 October).

This means that it will no longer operate as an independent practice.

The move is in response to a request from principal GP Dr Esther Mitchell, who has asked to pass the contract back to the board.

Levenwick, which caters for people in the south of Shetland, will become the ninth salaried practice in Shetland. Hillswick, run by Dr Susan Bowie, will be the only independent practice left in Shetland.

In a statement released on Thursday, NHS Shetland and the practice said whilst there is some work to be done behind the scenes to ensure arrangements are in place for a smooth transfer, patients should be assured that there will be little to no disruption to normal working arrangements.

All pre-arranged appointments are expected to go ahead as planned with the same clinical team in place.

The last practice to become salaried, where staff are employed directly by the health board, was Walls in September 2017, following Brae, Bixter and Scalloway earlier that same year.

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