4,000 patients in limbo as health centre’s future uncertain
PUBLISHED: 08:00 20 October 2015
PATIENTS are being ‘reassured’ everything is being done to protect the future of Worle Medical Practice, after its provider decided to end its contract.
"We’re committed to high-quality, sustainable primary care services."
The centre, in High Street, is run by Malling Health but the company has decided to terminate its contract with NHS England.
Malling Health will stop running the practice – which is also known as Worle Health Centre – on March 31 next year and NHS England is already exploring what options it may have to prevent it from having to close.
A spokesman from NHS England said: “We would like to reassure people that we are now looking intently at options for the future of the practice and that we’re committed to high-quality, sustainable primary care services.”
The centre has a list of 4,035 patients and a letter has been sent to each one, informing them about the end of the contract.
The letter highlights that the termination notice has only just been received and it is still early days, but says there are three main options being explored.
These possibilities include a merger with another GP practice, dispersing the patient list between a number of other nearby doctors’ surgeries, or another provider taking over the centre.
The centre’s patient participation group (PPG) will be included in talks about the health centre’s future alongside Malling Health, North Somerset Clinical Commissioning Group and NHS England.
The chair of the PPG Neil Turner said: “I would like to assure patients that their committee and I will make sure their views are heard.
“I urge patients to contact the health centre with their concerns for the future of the practice, so your committee can put together a positive and informative representation to NHS England.”
To make a comment about the health centre’s future email firstname.lastname@example.org