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Edinburgh Canal Festival takes place at Edinburgh Quay, Fountainbridge on Saturday 17th June 2017, starting at 12 noon.   You can download the programme here

PPG Open Meeting


When: April 26th 2017 at 1830-2030 hrs
Where: Ratho Church Hall, Ratho.
Who: Meeting open to all
Come and meet your MSP, GPs, Local Councillors, NHS Lothian Officials and PPG members.



Proposed speed restriction on A71/Dalmahoy Road

We have been advised that the City of Edinburgh Council will soon promote a Traffic Order to reduce the speed limit on the A71 for 1225 metres round the Dalmahoy junction and Hatton Mains.  It is also proposed that the speed limit be reduced to 40mph for 300 metres at the foot of Dalmahoy Road with its junction at the A71.    There will be an opportunity for formal comment in due course.   A plan is available here

Bus diversion 12th January

The canal bridge will be closed from 9.30am – 3.30pm on Thursday 12th January.   Service 20 will divert via Harvest Road, Cliftonhall and Wilkieston Road.   It will miss out Hallcroft and go down Main Street, turn into Dalmahoy Road then Hillview Cottages before turning back on to Wilkieston Road for Cliftonhall Road and Harvest Road to Ratho Station.   The bus stops on Harvest Road and the Canal Centre will be closed also.

The route map is shown on this link:  service-20-diversion-jan-2017-docx

Community Police Team

The South West Area has published a leaflet available here listing our local contacts for the Ratho Area (Pentland Hills Ward).

When the contacts for Ratho Station and Newbridge are published the information will be posted here.

Use 101 to report crimes or 999 if it is an emergency.



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Edinburgh Airport Masterplan Consultation

Information on  how to respond and on the public events is on the attached link.




Canal Heritage Talk

Chris O’Connell , the Archivist from Scottish Canals, is coming to the Church Hall, Baird Road on Wednesday 31st August at 7pm and will give a talk on the history of the Union Canal. As well, Karen, the Project Manager for the Union Canal Unlocked is looking forward to hearing any local stories about the canal. This project is an exciting new project that will celebrate the natural and cultural heritage of the canal with canalside interpretation, a printed guide and a smartphone app as well as an oral history archive. Ratho is one of the hubs that will be particularly featured so it would be great to contribute as much local information as possible.


Another Proposal of Application Notice

Proposal of Application Notice – Wilkieston (LIVE/0364/PAC/16 at ) :   Stirling Developments propose to submit a planning application to West Lothian Council for housing and infrastructure including the Wilkieston northern link road.   Though this is not in Ratho itself the link road may have some implications for access to Cliftonhall Road.    There will be a public exhibition and consultation on Thursday 4th August from 2pm – 7pm at Linburn Centre, Wilkieston.   If you have any comments these should be addressed to the developer at this time.  The Community Council would also be pleased to hear your views also ( to inform any discussion with the developer.

Road & Footway Improvements

You can download the criteria for assessment of ideas for Roads and Footways in Pentlands Ward here.   This link is valid only for suggestions until 7th April 2016.

Ratho Surgery – Notice to Patients from NHS Lothian

Posted on behalf of Ratho Surgery Patient Participation Group

Ratho Surgery Update (13/05/2016)

Unfortunately, Dr Simpson remains unwell and will be absent from the practice for a further month.  The Health and Social Care partnership are keeping in regular contact with Dr Simpson and will share any information about his return as soon as we have it.

We hope that you can appreciate that for confidentiality reasons we are unable to discuss in more details Dr Simpsons absence.

The medical sessions at the practice are covered by regular locums Dr David Maxwell and Dr Assif Ali, in addition Dr George Mackie works a regular Tuesday morning and Dr David Miranda a Friday afternoon.

We hope by limiting the number of locums we use will enable us to offer a better continuity of care. We also try to book a female locum when we can. If patient would prefer to be seen by a female GP, they should contact reception to enquire when we have one booked and we will do our best to offer an appointment.

As you will be aware we now have a permanent Practice Nurse Nikki Wraight, Nikki is part of a wider nursing team based at Wester Hailes Medical Centre but will spend the majority of her working week at Ratho Surgery.

As Ratho is an unusually small practice with only one practice nurse post we felt it important that Nikki is attached to a larger nursing team for professional accountability purposes and so she can be supported in her role at Ratho by a larger professional group.

Nikki currently has clinics running every morning from 8am – 1pm.  Some of her clinics and additional clinics may be covered by some of the other nurses from Wester Hailes from time to time, this is so we can use the skill mix of a larger team to offer a more extensive nursing service to the patients at Ratho.

New Build

All contracts are agreed and we await the final version of the specification from the developer to enable the legal agreement to be signed.​

Arrangements are in place for emergency cover and we would like to reassure you that if you have a medical problem that requires urgent attention you will have access through the practice to a medical professional.

 We expect the situation to change on a daily basis as medical cover may become available at short notice and we will aim to offer appointments to patients as soon as they become available.

The receptionists at the practice will be updated with any new information to pass onto you as it becomes available.

We thank you for your understanding whilst we try to respond to this situation.

David White, Locality Manager – South West Edinburgh