An under-threat Aberdeen health clinic will continue to provide care under new management.
There had been uncertainty over the future of Torry Medical Practice, which caters for about 7,500 patients, since February.
Significant difficulties recruiting a new GP, a long-term absence and the imminent retirement of a third doctor resulted in the current team of doctors announcing they would withdraw from their contract in July.
Now, however, it has emerged the Aberdeen City Health and Social Care Partnership (ACHSCP) will now take over from August 1.
Dr Alasdair Jamieson, the partnership’s deputy clinical lead, said: “ACHSCP and NHS Grampian have a duty to provide general medical services from Torry Neighbourhood Centre.
“The changes give us a great opportunity to reshape GP services to ensure they meet the needs of local people and respond sustainably to our changing demographics and increasingly complex health needs.
“The project team has been working hard over the past weeks to make sure that GP services continue after the current practice finishes on July 31.”
The partnership is currently interviewing for the lead GP role and for GPs to provide sessions at the practice.
Patients are now being sent a second letter and factsheet to update them on the “good progress” being made.
Dr Jamieson said he hoped patients at the practice would experience minimal disruption.
“Services will still be provided from Torry Neighbourhood Centre, the name of the service will remain Torry Medical Practice and it will have the same telephone number,” he said.
“The administration staff, nurses and the other health and care practitioners will continue at the practice and we hope to expand this to pharmacists too.
“The only change patients should see will be the face of their GP.”