GP surgeries plan merger

PUBLISHED: 10:00 31 May 2015

Wrington Vale Medical Practice.

Wrington Vale Medical Practice.

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TWO doctors’ practices have announced they plan to merge in a move which it believes will help GPs, patients and local hospitals.

Wrington Vale Medical Practice and Yeo Vale Medical Practice plan to join forces later this year.

It will mean thousands of people living in Churchill, Congresbury, Langford, Wrington and Yatton will be members of one practice.

However the Mercury has been told none of the four existing surgeries run by the pair are expected to close.

It is hoped the move will allow staff more time to concentrate on patients, rather than on paperwork.

A Wrington Vale Medical Practice spokesman said: “We want to ensure the patients of both practices continue to receive high-quality medical care from a sustainable organisation in an ever-changing NHS. We feel the best way to be sure we can do this is to bring together the resources from both practices.

“As a larger practice, we will be in a better position to provide sufficient doctors and nurses to meet the increasing demands now being made on us.

“Increasingly, we are looking after patients with more complex medical problems while striving to provide a personal approach.”

The practices feel that by working together, NHS staff will have more time to concentrate on patients.

The spokesman added: “The workload of all GP practices has risen hugely in recent years and we need to make sure staff time is used effectively.

“At present, both practices are duplicating many routine tasks.

“By coming together we can make time efficiencies which will free up staff to focus on improvements in our current services, as well as enabling us to respond to new initiatives.”

It is hoped a larger practice offering more services will reduce the need for people to go to Weston General Hospital with minor ailments.

Research and training programmes will remain key to both practices, if NHS England ratifies the merger.

A North Somerset Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) spokesman said: “While we do not know the precise details of the merger, we understand the practices will offer all current services at the four surgeries and we support the move as an approach to improve access to GP services for patients in the rural area of North Somerset.

“It is in line with national work by NHS England to build sustainable primary care services for the future so we support the merger as part of wider ongoing improvements to primary care.”

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