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Walton Surgery in Felixstowe to close on March 31

WALTON Surgery in Felixstowe will close its doors to patients on Tuesday 31 March.

This follows the decision by the Suffolk GP Federation, which currently provides primary care services at the surgery, to end its contract to run the practice.

The federation’s decision was due, for the most part, to the difficulties it has experienced in staffing this small surgery. This is against the backdrop of a national shortage of GPs and ongoing recruitment and retention challenges affecting the whole country.

The NHS Ipswich & East Suffolk Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) thoroughly investigated the possibility of another provider taking over the running of the surgery, but this has not proved possible.

The three other GP surgeries in Felixstowe – Howard House, Haven Health and Grove Medical Centre – are keen to welcome Walton’s patients into their surgeries.

The proposed managed dispersal of patients to the other practices was approved by the Ipswich & East Suffolk Primary Care Commissioning Committee (PCCC) on Monday (Feb 3).

All those patients currently registered at Walton will receive a letter in due course advising them which alternative Felixstowe surgery they have been allocated, based on their postcode.

This will ensure that all Felixstowe residents are automatically registered with another local practice and do not then need to take any further action unless they wish to do so. 

Patients can however choose to register with another Felixstowe surgery at any point.

Around 200 Walton patients who currently live outside Felixstowe will be directed to other surgeries closer to them.

Ed Garratt, Chief Officer of the NHS Ipswich & East Suffolk CCG, said: “I am delighted that the three other Felixstowe practices have offered to extend their services to the patients of Walton.

“Whilst I know that not everyone will be happy with these new arrangements, I wholeheartedly believe this is the safest and best option for patients given the situation we find ourselves in.

“I know that The Grove, Haven Health and Howard House will make Walton patients most welcome.”

Find out more

This patient information leaflet provides more details and further information will be available at the drop-in events held at Walton Community Hall. Over the next few weeks you will have the opportunity to ask questions and find out more information about alternative practices.

Monday 24 February

Drop-in event
12pm - 2pm
Walton Community Hall, 274 High Street, Walton, Felixstowe IP11 9SD

Tuesday 3 March

All Felixstowe PPG Network members meeting
6pm - 7.45pm
Grove Medical Centre, Grove Road, Felixstowe IP11 9GA

Wednesday 11 March Drop-in event

Drop-in event
2pm - 4pm
Walton Community Hall, 274 High Street, Walton, Felixstowe IP11 9SD
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