Dr Malcolm R Elder

MBChB (Dundee 1986), MRCGP, DipPCDM 

Honorary Clinical Senior Lecturer at University of Aberdeen in the Institute of Education for Medical and Dental Sciences.

After qualifying as a GP in August 1990 & locum work in Glasgow, Dr Elder accepted a GP Partnership at Denburn Health Centre, Aberdeen in October 1990, staying until 1997. In addition to the Denburn partner commitment this included sessional GP work in geriatric medicine at Morningfield Hospital & providing Out of Hours to 300 beds at Morningfield & City Geriatric Hospitals.  In 1996 Grampian practices pooled their on call services to create GDOCS which covered 500,000 patients with 10 doctors on call for each shift.

With experience gained in a high paced busy city environment & huge commitment to out of hours (several years of covering 11,000 patients, followed in 1996 by participating in GDOCS), Dr Elder took up a GP Associate post with Carradale & Southend Surgeries in 1997 enabling the transition in his career aim to being a rural Principal in Scotland.  In 1999 he took up the position of Single Handed GP at Carradale Surgery, a dispensing practice.

In 2007, under Dr Elder’s leadership Carradale Surgery was the first single handed practice in the country to be awarded the Quality Practice Award by the Royal College of General Practitioners. The award is the highest RCGP quality award attainable & recognises the commitment of the entire team in providing high quality care for patients within a learning & adaptive environment.

Dr Elder gains great satisfaction from being a GP providing holistic care for patients. Carradale Surgery has a very high proportion of elderly patients (98% above national average) & so care in the community is an extremely important part of the role. The added variety of all ages, illnesses & holiday makers provides a stimulating environment to work in.

Dr Elder has been a leading committee member of the Rural GP Association of Scotland since 2004 including being treasurer from 2009 until 2021. Dr Elder is a strong advocate for  for health services being provided close to the community, and the valuable role that remote and rural practices like Carradale Surgery can provide.

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