RESIDENTS in Tarves have welcomed the re-opening of the village surgery, after the facility was withdrawn in 2012.
The withdrawal of surgery facilities was hugely controversial at the time, and prompted a significant campaign by residents for the facility to be retained.
The news was welcomed by MSP Alex Salmond, who said that the decision was to be welcomed.
He said: “This is welcome news indeed for my constituents in the local area, and I’m glad that commitments made following the Health Board’s decision in December have been honoured by all parties.
“The residents of Tarves will again enjoy the best of local healthcare provision – with both a community pharmacy and doctor’s surgery in the village. The Surgery’s reopening concludes a well-fought battle by community activists.”
Viv Tanner, Group Practice Manager at Haddo Medical Group said: “We said at the beginning of the process that if dispensing was reinstated at Pitmedden, we would re-open the surgery in Tarves, and we have kept our word.
“We aim to provide a service in the village for patients with the most need - the elderly and frail, young mums, people who are most needy for the appointments. It is, effectively, a limited service for the people who need it most.
She added that the surgery’s opening hours would be on Tuesday afternoons and Thursday mornings.
“The community have helped us to do this,” she added.
Campaigner Tamsin Morris, who helped orchestrate opposition to the closure, said that the re-opening was a big relief to residents.
“It’s a good thing for the whole village,” she said. “A lot of people put a lot of effort into retaining this facility, so it’s great to see it happen.”