We are writing to inform you of what we truly believe are exciting plans for our two medical centres to formally merge from January 1, 2021.
This means we would become one Practice – although we will continue to work across both existing sites. Both Practices will keep their existing names, although there will also be a new name for the combined group.
Our Practices will have a shared clinical system so whichever site you are seen at the clinician will have access to all of your medical records. You will still be able to contact us on the existing telephone numbers, and both Practices will continue to open on weekdays from 8am to 6.30pm, as usual.
Our plans have been agreed in principle by NHS Fareham and Gosport Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), the body responsible for planning primary care services (the services provided by GP surgeries). The CCG is supporting our plans on the basis that we will retain both sites for continued patient care.
So why are we doing this? Our main reason is our long-term sustainability and better resilience for the future. Following the recent retirement of Dr Asbridge and the sad passing of Dr Bell, both our practices are facing the challenge of trying to recruit GPs – which is a local, regional and national challenge for primary care. We strongly feel that by working together we will be able to support each other and build resilience through extending the clinical team with other health professionals.
There are other big advantages as the merger would give us more potential to accommodate extra services which may include specialist clinics for long term conditions such as dementia and asthma; a leg wound clinic and mental health services.
Your Patient Participation groups have already been informed of our plans, understood our aims and were broadly supportive.
We have also produced a question/answer factsheet for patients, which gives more information about the potential benefits. But if you have any questions on our proposed merger please email FGCCG.SVBMquestions@nhs.net.
Dr Martin Yeandle Dr Michelle Clarke
Bridgemary Medical Centre Solent View Medical Centre