Dr Peter Copp, Medical Director
Born and schooled locally, Peter A J Copp qualified from the University of Edinburgh Medical School in 1984. His postgraduate career quickly drew him into primary care with prolonged diversions into Obstetrics, Gynaecology and Psychiatry. Before entering mainstream general practice in Edinburgh, he spent a considerable period living and working abroad with around 18 months based on the island of Bermuda, with additional work in Australia/NZ. These experiences subsequently led him to consider other ways to deliver primary care services on behalf of his own patients. He was a full-time GP in Dalkeith from 1992 to 1997. He obtained further postgraduate qualifications in musculoskeletal medicine/Rheumatology from the University of Bath and in Occupational Medicine.
In one of the most pioneering pieces of large-scale UK General Practice research (conducted by Prof Howie in Edinburgh) to try to ‘measure’ patient satisfaction: he was awarded the highest patient enablement index score of all the medical practitioners who were studied. Asked informally by one of the researchers what he did in the consultation room, he replied “I simply take my time and do what I’m trained to do”
Peter then took a courageous leap and left the NHS completely and went to set up Scotland’s first dedicated private primary care service and GP Plus opened its doors in November 1999. Since then, it has flourished to become Scotland’s top service of its kind and will be celebrating its 22nd birthday in 2021. Over these years it has focused primarily upon the provision of unhurried and entirely client centric private primary care consultations and almost exclusively to the self-funded market. Interaction and liaison with the individuals NHS GP take place as and when and according to individual consent and very best practice. A range of other services include those of the business-to-business variety and the provision of more boutique-formatted services in the Occupational Health field. Early customers included Deutsche Bank/RBS and Wood Mackenzie. Peter became the Senior Medical Board advisor for RBS until 2010. He was a central figure in the £5M project to fund a 640 slice CT (first of its type outside Japan) which has since been handed over to the Queen Mothers Research Institute in Edinburgh University. GP Plus has also provided niche support services for a wide/diverse range of organisations such as the Educational Institute of Scotland: Seafish Industry Authority; The Institute of Chartered Accountancy in Scotland and many of the city’s top legal firms. It has been a long-standing provider of local and overseas services to Cairn Energy PLC. For many years, Peter lectured to the Year 3 medical students in Edinburgh University on Low Back Pain and soft-tissue Rheumatic Disorders. In more recent times Dr Copp was asked to develop a set of workshops for the Judicial Institute of Scotland and a course was developed as support the entire judiciary about resilience training.
Dr Copp works closely with a small (but perfectly formed) team focusing upon the consistent delivery of high-quality services to a smaller but more manageable number of clients rather than focusing primarily upon growth. Dr Mehra Ahmed has been working with him for several years now as a sessional GP and it is also very well qualified (including in Occupational Medicine).
At a personal level, Dr Copp has always been heavily involved in sporting pursuits for all his life and in the earlier years captained rugby soccer and cricket. He has run many marathons and undertaken epic cycle journeys and enjoys diverse travelling and all traditional outdoor pursuits including hillwalking and skiing. Fishing for small trout or big-game fishing (tag and release) are equally appealing. His garden has become his major distraction over the past year or so.
Peter purchased back all the shares in the “family” company he originally set up in 1999: having had to endure a complex and demanding legal journey which included a trip to the Court of Session in Scotland. This is now fully completed and following a period of deeper reflection, reorientation, personal upheaval, and relocation to an amazing facility on 24 Dundas Street: he is ready and poised to take GP Plus successfully into the 2020s and beyond. New and exciting opportunities await and GP Plus has agreed to co-fund (with The Bridge Awards) and support a new entirely philanthropic project with the Edinburgh Art College whereby third year students will create new and original pieces of work to be curated and displayed within the unique clinic facility and eventually sold on. Miss Isabelle Van Rosmalen will be working closely with all concerned to make this another niche success.
Dr Copp adds “It looks like we will have a lot to celebrate in our 22nd year of operations and we must continue to strive to be the best at what we do. I thank all of our dedicated staff who share our passion to do so and a profound thanks to all of our loyal clients whose focus upon excellence over price has solidly underpinned our entire journey”. He adds “new clients such as the Witherby Publishing Group offer us another opportunity to raise the game with something quite new, niche and exciting. In this flourishing digital age, the old-fashioned personal relationship is still kingpin; but there is always scope to try to have the very best of both worlds…” He adds: “It has also been rewarding to maintain a fully reliable service to our service users all the way through the major disruption of SARS COV2 and whilst adopting appropriate risk-based safety measures, still trying hard to provide patients an experience in a familiar, comfortable, and a minimally disrupted environment. This has been of considerable solace to many, at a time of great anxiety and personal/family challenge”.
Dr Mehra Ahmed, Private GP-Occupational Medical Advisor
Dr Mehra Ahmed qualified from The University of Dundee in 2004 and after completing basic surgical training she undertook GP training which she completed in 2010.
She worked as a partner in an NHS practice for a few years before taking on various roles in private practice.
Dr Ahmed has obtained the faculty of Sexual and Reproductive Health Diploma as well as qualifying in Occupational Medicine.
Dr Ahmed has worked at GP Plus since 2015 doing a variety of work which includes GP consultations with children and adults, visa/travel/sporting medicals, Occupational Health, women’s health and Travel Immunisations.
Dr Ahmed also continues to do some work in NHS practices.