Two Boston GP practices have today, Monday 31 July 2017, launched a two-month consultation on their proposal to merge.
Stuart House Surgery and Westside Surgery, both part of Lincolnshire East Clinical Commissioning Group, have decided to propose a merger and are encouraging their registered patients to share their views, via a survey available online https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/StuartHouseWestside or as a hard copy available at both practices. There will also be the opportunity for patients to attend one of two planned events around the merger proposal.
“After careful consideration we feel that our proposal to merge is the most effective way to ensure a sustainable and resilient future,” explains Dr Peter Holmes, GP and Senior Partner, Stuart House Surgery. “We think that by merging our two practices we will be able to support our vision of General Practice to deliver sustainable healthcare to our patients, protect the provision of a local GP service, and provide continuity of care for our patients.”
“We also think that by merging together we will be able to use a more flexible model to manage the increasing levels of activity we are facing,” adds Dr Adeel Asim, GP and Senior Partner, Westside Surgery. “We want to build an organisation that can respond to and manage the continuously changing environment, helping us to attract and retain GPs and staff, and increasing opportunities to provide a wider range of services and access for patients.”
Crucially, the proposed merger would not result in any change to the combined practice’s opening hours and patients will still be able to see their preferred GP. If the proposal to merge the two practices proceeds, the new practice will be based on the site of the existing two practices, which are next door to each other, and will be known as Sleaford Road Medical Centre.
“Our patients are always our number one priority and we genuinely see a practice merger as having the best outcomes for our patients, as it would allow us to deliver sustainable healthcare, protect the provision of local GP services, and provide continuity of care,” emphasises Dr Holmes. “The two-month consultation on our proposal to merge will run from Monday 31 July until Friday 29 September and we urge all of our patients to read the available information and share their views with us, by attending one of our events and completing the survey.”
Two events will be held, both of which will involve a presentation on the practices’ proposal to merge, and the opportunity for a Q&A session with practice representatives:Wednesday 23rd August 1pm-3pm – Len Medlock Centre, St Georges Road, Boston Thursday 7th September 7pm-9pm – Mayfields, Broadfield Lane, Boston Both venues chosen for the events are fully accessible