Medical practices 'will not survive' without proposed merge
PUBLISHED: 09:00 19 August 2016
Partners at a North Somerset medical group say two village surgeries 'have no room left' and patients are getting stuck in small corridors - and the only way to solve this problem is by merging the two practices.
The Mendip Vale Medical Practice wants to merge its two sites at Station Road, in Congresbury, and Mendip Road in Yatton, into one larger practice serving both villages.
The practice’s partners spoke to villagers at a packed meeting on August 11 and outlined a list of potential sites for the new surgery.
Although the practice has already sought pre-planning advice in relation to a site at Smallway in Congresbury, it stressed other options were still up for consideration and promised to review any suggested sites proposed by patients.
Dr Sam Partridge said conditions are now so cramped at the Yatton surgery he has seen patients get stuck in wheelchairs at the end of the corridor.
He told the meeting: “Parents cannot get buggies in or out of some of the rooms and that is not fair.
“We are completely full – there is no room left.”
Many patients raised concerns at the meeting that the possible Smallway site would not be able to cope with the traffic a large medical centre would generate. People also said they feared the surgery would need to expand again in the coming years due to the large numbers of houses being built in Yatton.
However, the partners told the meeting any site chosen for the new surgery would need to be at least two acres in size.
Dr Shruti Patel told the meeting: “If we continue to operate in this small-scale way we, as a practice, will not survive.
“It has to be designed in a way which could be extended.”
Dr Partridge added: “We cannot stand still – we need to rise to the challenges we face so we have something which is viable into the future.”
The next meeting regarding the merge will take place at 7.30pm on September 8, at the Old School Rooms in Station Road, Congresbury.