Don't miss a story sign up to Weston Mercury's FREE daily newsletter CLICK HERE

GP practices plan merger due to increasing demand

PUBLISHED: 09:40 13 August 2017 | UPDATED: 12:55 14 August 2017

The two practices are considering merging.

The two practices are considering merging.

(c) Hemera Technologies

Two medical centres are considering a merger in the face of increasing demand.

Riverbank Medical Centre, in Worle, could team up with Mendip Vale Medical Practice, which treats patients in Churchill, Congresbury, Langford, Wrington and Yatton.

A Riverbank spokesman said: “The demands and pressures on GP practices are continuing to increase, and we are reviewing how we best adapt to meet the needs of our patients.

“Working together as a larger group will put us in a more sustainable position to deliver safe and effective care.

“The surgeries have a shared belief in making a continued positive difference for patients, and feel it is the right time to combine efforts and build upon the successes to date.

“There is a common goal in wanting to provide the best possible service for our patients and ensuring their healthcare needs are met.”

Patients would be able to visit doctors at either practice, if a merger goes ahead, as well as receive more specialist treatments across several sites.

The merger will have to go through a consultation phase before a decision is made, but Riverbank says it will remain business as usual for patients during that time.

Other News Stories

A young refugee who fled to Weston-super-Mare from the human rights abuses being committed in his country has won a national award.

Read more
16:58

Gallery of readers’ pictures for our Weston photo challenge - From Sunrise to Sunset.

Read more
16:02

Drivers and motorcyclists need to take extra care this evening (Monday) when heading home due to stormy conditions hitting the South West.

Read more
15:00

Mercury readers have been taking some impressive shots of the action at Weston Beach Race this year.

Read more

A child who was accidentally locked in a car was rescued by firefighters this afternoon (Monday).

Read more

Vampires, witches, ghosts and other flying creatures will take over the Helicopter Museum this Halloween.

Read more
14:00

Two internet service providers are offering villagers in Burrington a long-awaited solution to slow broadband speeds.

Read more
13:00

Housing plans which would ‘burden’ a North Somerset village have been criticised by parish councillors.

Read more

There has been an eerie red glow over Weston-super-Mare and North Somerset today (Monday), and some people have also spotted a red-looking sun.

Read more

A Worle school will close at 1pm today (Monday) due to the forecast strong winds.

Read more

Most Read News

Read Online

Image
Read the Weston Worle and Somerset Mercury e-edition E-edition

Local Weather

Overcast

Overcast

max temp: 19°C

min temp: 12°C

Useful Links

Advertise in the paper
Submit a Story
Subscribe to the paper
Competitions
Send Your Letters
Order Photos
Family notices
iwitness24
Facebook
Twitter
Reader Travel

Family Notices 24

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Show Job Lists

Local business directory

Somerset's trusted business finder