Practice History

The Practice opened in Clarkston in 1904, but originated as an East Kilbride practice, whose early partners saw a need for medical services to be provided in Clarkston.  Thus, Carolside Medical Centre is among the original practices serving the Clarkston area. 

When Dr James Cowan retired in 1984, the two remaining doctors, Dr Beth Arklie and Dr Ronald Graham, were joined by Dr John Ross.  At this point the building underwent its first major renovation.  In 1986 when Dr Crichton from Giffnock died, his patients were allocated to this practice.  Dr Susan Campbell joined the practice to fill this role. 

Following Dr Arklie’s retirement in 1990, Dr Malcolm Pickard became a partner and, in 1991, Dr Janette Marsh also assumed partnership.  Due to the expansion of the practice we now have four nurses working within the practice, who not only provide nursing services, but also organise many of our specialist clinics.

Once again the practice had to be renovated to provide sufficient space for the growing number of staff and patients.  The practice bought the neighbouring house and we are now operating in a modern and attractive building with suitable access for disabled persons.

Dr Ronald Graham retired at the end of March 2003.  Dr Kathy Boyd, previously employed as a GP registrar, joined the practice as a partner from 1st May 2003.  Dr Janette Marsh retired in 2007 and Dr Alistair McLennan (also a previous GP registrar) assumed partnership then.  In April 2015 Dr Ross retired and Dr Ivana Safarik, who had already been working with the practice as a salaried GP, became a partner.

The practice has always thought of itself as being progressive and innovative in its approach to health issues and patient care.  We intend to remain at the forefront of new developments, both in clinical and organisational advances.  All members of staff are dedicated to practice teamwork and the constant flow of information and communication through all levels of our organisation.

Rcgp (Royal College of General Practitioners) Quality Project

The practice successfully attained the Royal College of General Practitioners’ Quality Accreditation in November 2002.

Training Practice Accreditation / Training Information

The practice is an accredited training practice for GP Trainees.  We also participate in undergraduate medical student training. 

Scottish Primary Care Collaborative (SPCC)

The practice participated in the above project, which allowed us to achieve “advanced access”, ie, provide different types of appointment and enough appointments to suit patient demand.  The project was also concerned with continual improvements in clinical areas.  Telephone consultation appointments initiated as part of this project have proved to be a success with patients so far.  If you would like a telephone consultation, please ask at reception for advice on what is and isn’t appropriate to be dealt with over the telephone.

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