Two Weston-super-Mare doctors surgeries plan merger as GP services are 'under threat'

PUBLISHED: 07:00 14 October 2016 | UPDATED: 09:24 14 October 2016

The surgeries will merge.

The surgeries will merge.

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Two Weston-super-Mare doctors surgeries are going to merge, it was announced this week, to ensure they can continue to deliver high-quality services.

The Locality Health Centre.The Locality Health Centre.

The Locality Health Centre, on the Bournville estate, and Clarence Park Surgery in Clarence Road East, plan to merge.

A spokesman for the Locality Health Centre said: “General practice is under threat and to sustain it in the future will mean more surgeries working together.

“This is not about saving money – in fact we are not expecting to save any money – but we are looking to keep providing the same level of service in today’s environment of patients with increasing complex problems and needs.

“If we did not proceed with the collaboration then neither surgery would possibly be able to provide the existing level of service going forward.”

The spokesman said ‘initially’ the services will be run across two sites.

Mark Graham, chief executive at the Locality Health Centre, said: “Together we have a very strong clinical team-based approach which enables both surgeries to share more resources and build on our common belief of putting the patient at the centre of what we do.”

* Doctors are working harder than ever, and GP surgeries are struggling to recruit new ones. For the Mercury’s full investigation into the GP crisis, pick up a copy of the paper today (Friday).

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