John Gibson: Sounds good for the West End docs

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The doctor will see you now. They’ve been saying that since 1987 on the corner of the New Town’s Chester Street. A flitting is imminent, with the West End Medical Practice due to vacate the premises.

But the 9,000 patients (more then Hibernian pull some match days at Easter Road) have been taking the prescribed medicine, reassured that everything’s going to be OK.

Soon they’ll be taking their aches and pains across the road to a brand new, purpose-built premises on ground that till now has been part of St Mary’s Episcopalian Cathedral.

The Medical Centre has functioned in neighbouring Palmerston Place since the beginning of the National Health Service before setting up in Chester Street.

Today in the street six partner doctors and two GP trainees service the 9,000 patients who live predominantly in Edinburgh West End.

Says Doctor Tommy Hepburn, 60 this month, of the resident team: “We’re happy to be moving to pastures new, as are the patients. Everybody including our resourceful reception staff is happy at the prospect. We’re not reluctant to be moving. For one thing, everybody will be on ground level, no more trooping up and down stairs.”

What’s to become of Chester Street? I understand it has been bought privately by a family.

A salient point, and worth noting by all concerned. There are no parking facilities at Chester Street and none will exist across the road. A headache for which there’s no pill available for motorists.

What a joke

It’s got to be a pantomime joke. Surely. Glasgow has been named the seventh best travel destination in the world for this year. Nominated by the mag Wanderlust. Me too, I’ve never heard of the august journal either.