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Patients' views sought on proposed merger of GP practices

Patients at two neighbouring GP practices are being encouraged to give their views on merger proposals that would create stronger and more sustainable primary care services.

The plan is being put forward by Church Farm Surgery in Aldeburgh and The Peninsula Practice, which has surgeries in Alderton, Orford and Hollesley.

There are no plans to close any of the surgeries or reduce any services.

The aim of the merger is to address the issues facing primary care services locally. Smaller GP practices are particularly susceptible to the challenges of staff recruitment and an increase in demand for services.

Creating one larger practice will enable staff to better address those challenges and ensure continuity of care for local people. 

If the plan is approved the merged practice will be known as The Peninsula Practice and be led by one management team from January 2020 with a patient list size of approx. 8000 patients.

Dr Lindsey Crockett, senior GP partner at The Peninsula Practice, said: “The intention is to embrace the qualities of both the Peninsula and Aldeburgh GP surgeries, combine the services offered, share the skills and expertise of staff across all sites in order to provide safe, effective, responsive and well led services.

“We want patients to be reassured that this is a good opportunity to develop primary care services that will meet future needs.”

Dr Simon Ball, senior GP partner at Church Farm Surgery, said: “I believe these are positive plans that will offer continuity and sustainability for local people as well as offer opportunities for the new larger practice to deliver even more healthcare services in the future.

“The plans take into account the very real need for services in a rural area like ours to remain accessible.

“However, I know that many patients will have questions about these proposals and I would very much encourage them to attend one of the public meetings, put them in writing to the Practice Manager or email the practice or PPG.”

Patients are invited to public meetings at -

Aldeburgh Church Hall – Thursday July 25 – 6.30 to 7.30 p.m.

Hollesley Village Hall – Friday July 26 – 6.30 to 7.30 p.m.

Patients can also write to their practice manager 
Email their practice
aldeburghsurgery@nhs.net or iesccg.Peninsula-Practice@nhs.net 
Email their Patient Participation Group
peninsulapracticeppg@gmail.com  or churchfarmppg@gmail.com
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