New and modern surgery for 9,000 patients
PUBLISHED: 09:00 28 December 2010
HOTLY-CONTESTED plans to close two village surgeries and create a new and modern practice have been given the green light.
NHS North Somerset has approved the business case submitted by Wrington Vale Medical Practice for the development of a new larger GP service in Langford for its 9,100 patients.
This means surgeries in Wrington and Churchill will close – despite objection from many villagers who launched the Save Our Surgery (SOS) campaign.
NHS North Somerset conducted a lengthy public consultation, costing taxpayers nearly £50,000, and after a ‘rigorous’ examination of the business case, on the basis of patient care and affordability, it was decided a new surgery in Pudding Pie Lane would be the best option.
Board member of NHS North Somerset, Dr Mary Backhouse, said: “This is the right decision because it is in the best interests of patients and the taxpayer.
“I am delighted that the practice can look forward to delivering the highest quality healthcare to the population of Wrington Vale.”
As a result of the consultation the practice reduced a long list of options to a shortlist of three; either retaining and improving both sites, moving to a new single site, or moving to a new site but retaining a satellite branch in Wrington.
It was revealed last month that the SOS group’s least-favoured blueprint - the latter option - had been selected.
Practice manager Jose Tarnowski said “The doctors have put heart and soul into ensuring a successful outcome for this project and will continue to do so as the project moves into the next phase.
“They’re totally committed to securing a strong future for this practice so that we have the resilience to respond to the significant changes facing the NHS and can continue to deliver an excellent service to all our patients for many years to come.”
SOS campaigner, Peter Mailtland, said the public consultation has been ‘turned on its head’ and that the outcome is a ‘disappointment’.
He said: “People will see their current fully functioning GP surgery reduced to one doctor and one nurse each weekday morning for consultation only in converted office premises.
“The practice has been unwilling to give any guarantee whatsoever as to how long such an arrangement may last.
“Some 3,000 people will have to travel an extra five miles to the see their GP and this will cost them petrol, the environment will suffer from more CO2 and narrow roads will carry more traffic.”