Working Together for Pewsey AND MARLBOROUGH Patients
Pewsey Surgery and Marlborough Medical Practice have been in discussions to explore the possibility of a merger. With resignations from several practices in Wiltshire and a subsequent inability to recruit replacements, partners from both practices have been discussing a merger as a next step to make sure they are able to continue to provide the best care and services for their patients, by working more efficiently and sharing workloads.
The proposal is for both practices to remain open and for GP appointments to continue to be provided from both sites. The emerging plans have been discussed with and are supported by Wiltshire CCG and NHS England.
Dr Anna Collings, Partner at Pewsey Surgery said: "The workforce challenges within the NHS, and most particularly the shortage of GPs and other primary care staff, have been widely reported nationally and locally and are now beginning to affect our own north east corner of Wiltshire. It is really important for us to continue our patient relationships and to keep improving the quality and range of our services. But the challenges are real and we need to take action now to make sure we can respond to the developing healthcare landscape. Merging with Marlborough Medical Practice is a sensible and positive way forward”.
Dr Jenny Campbell, Partner at Marlborough Medical Practice said: “We’re confident that this proposal will make us far stronger and more resilient and will give us the opportunity to offer more enhanced services and to share specialisms and staff. Our two practices already work closely together, so formally merging is a logical next step. Our staff are supportive and both practices will keep our respective patients up to date with the ongoing discussions”.
The merger is expected to take effect in the Spring of 2017. Sharing resources will give some 18,000 patients access to more flexible services. While we expect that neither patients nor staff will notice any immediate change, both practices believe that collaboration will enable us to continue to provide quality care for our patients.
Joining together will lead to better ways of working as we develop a new vision for general practice in and around Marlborough and Pewsey, and we believe that this will be good for patients and our staff.
We welcome thoughts, suggestions, comments or concerns from our patients, and would ask that you send these to the following email address:
Named Accountable GP
All practices in England are now required to allocate all patients a named accountable GP. At Pewsey Surgery we have been operating such a system for some time, with all our patients allocated a specific GP.
Having a named GP does not prevent you seeing any other doctor in the Practice. We do, however, encourage patients to see the same Doctor for on-going problems, as this continuity has been proven to improve the care we can offer.
Your named GP will not be available at all times and if your needs are urgent, you may need to discuss them with one of our other GPs.
If you wish to be told the name of your accountable GP, please ask a receptionist, who will be able to tell you immediately.
Please do not telephone the Practice for this information, as we try to keep our lines clear for patients needing to make appointments.
The doctors will consider, on a case by case basis, requests for patients to be moved to a different accountable GP at the Practice. If you wish to request such a change, please write to the Practice Manager explaining why you wish to move, or email him via firstname.lastname@example.org
Demand for NHS services continues to rise inexorably. In this context, missed appoinments, which are not cancelled in advance, represent a significant waste of time and money. We send text reminders two days before all appointments. If you know that you cannot attend, please do let us know so we can offer the appointment to somebody else.
We do appreciate your cooperation in this - thank you.
(Site updated 01/12/2016)