Monday 2 July will see the launch of The Sidings Medical Practice, the new GP practice created as a result of the merger of Stuart House Surgery and Westside Surgery, Boston.
Last summer the two practices, who share a building just off Boston town centre, formally announced their intention to merge and launched a consultation, which ran for two months, so that patients could share their views, and held information events so that patients could find out more.
“From the beginning our aim in merging Stuart House and Westside has been to ensure continuity of care for our patients by being able to deliver sustainable healthcare,” explains Dr Peter Holmes, GP and Senior Partner, Stuart House Surgery. “Our vision for healthcare is one with patients at the centre, with access to a locally provided GP service, and we think merging the two practices will allow this to happen.”
Having had the opportunity to share their views with the practices, an analysis of patient responses to the survey revealed support for the practices’ proposal to merge.
“Having reviewed and discussed the survey feedback with Lincolnshire East CCG, who both practices are a member of, and NHS England, we were encouraged by what it revealed. Following on from this we were delighted to learn that our application to merge had been approved by the CCG’s Primary Care Commissioning Committee, which gave us the green light to proceed,” explains Dr Holmes.
The merger will mean the two practices’ patient lists will be combined into one and the practices will become The Sidings Medical Practice, although patients might not notice significant change and, crucially, will still be able to access services in the same way.
“Our focus now is on delivering the merger. In some ways patients will notice very little difference, as we will still occupy the same building, with the same telephone number. However, we will be using the two receptions differently with one being used for patients to check in and another for more complex requirements.
“Unless you register with another practice, as a patient previously registered at either Stuart House or Westside, you will automatically be registered with The Sidings, and you will still be able to access the usual services, you will be able to see any doctor, plus our opening hours will remain the same. We hope that our patients like what they see and will support us going forwards,” adds Dr Holmes.