Two practices, Woolsthorpe and Stackyard Surgery in Croxton Kerrial, are consulting all patients on plans to formally merge into one practice to be known as Stackyard & Woolsthorpe Surgeries.
The practices together currently provide healthcare to over 3,200 registered patients in both villages.
The proposed merger would mean that there would be one patient list and those patients registered at either practice would be able to access their healthcare from either location.
By merging the two separate lists into a single list, the aim is to:
Improve the overall range and quality of service to patients
Improve access to services
Improve access to more clinical staff for patients – including nurses
Improve patient choice
Increase GP availability.
The merger would also allow the surgeries to secure GP services throughout a rural population as well as providing timely care for patients who require urgent visits to prevent unnecessary hospital admissions
The practices have written to every household registered with them asking for their views on the proposed merger. Patients are able to collect and complete a survey at their local practice and there is also an online survey for registered patients available at the practice websites: www.valemedicalgroup.co.uk
The consultation begins on Monday 7 August for 45 days ending on Wednesday 20 September 2017.
In addition to the written consultation process, the practices will be holding two open events – one in Woolsthorpe Village Hall and one in Croxton Kerrial Village Hall where patients will be able to hear more about the proposed merger and the benefits for patients and their future care models. These events will be publicised in both practices and on the practice website.
Dr Simon Wooding, Senior Partner at both the Stackyard and Woolsthorpe Surgery said:
“We really would encourage all of our patients to let us know their views on the proposed merger of our practices. The merger would see a number of advantages for our patients including access to a range of healthcare professionals, the ability to attend either practice as well as receiving care closer to home. This is an exciting time for the development of healthcare in the area and this merger would allow us to develop the already high quality care that we provide for our patients.”