Talks are continuing over a possible merger between Solent View Medical Practice and Bridgemary Medical Centre.
But plans for the two practices to join together from January 1, 2021, as previously announced, are currently on hold so that practices can concentrate on the combined pressures facing staff because of the current Covid-19 pandemic and the seasonal flu campaign this winter.
A spokeswoman for both practices said: “There is a great deal of work needed to be done before any merger, and there is no point in rushing this through at a time of such considerable pressure on the NHS at all levels, including primary care.”
“We will keep people informed of developments. But we need to ensure we focus on continuing to provide the best and safest possible services for our patients.”