Primary Care Out-of-hours Services

Part of the debate – in the Scottish Parliament on 1st December 2015.

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Jim Hume talks about people being treated outwith their board area, but what he is referring to is the fact that many people are treated at centres such as the Golden Jubilee centre, which is a national resource. I am sure that he would not think that it was a bad thing for patients from across Scotland to go to that centre for excellent treatment.

Sir Lewis Ritchie spends a good deal of the report looking at the remote and rural challenges. As we move forward with the recommendations, I am keen to test how the new urgent care hub model will work both in urban and in remote and rural contexts. Without a doubt, there is a reliance in remote and rural areas on the local assets of the community, such as first responders, who have a very important role, as do the ambulance service and the primary care out-of-hours services. I am very keen that we test the new model in a remote and rural context for its application more widely.