Clevedon surgery set to merge with another medical practice to deliver 'robust' care
PUBLISHED: 07:40 22 January 2018 | UPDATED: 07:40 22 January 2018
A Clevedon doctor's surgery is set to merge with another North Somerset medical practice, as it looks to 'adapt to meet the needs of patients'.
Sunnyside Surgery, in Sunnyside Road, is in talks with Mendip Vale Medical Practice over the possibility of uniting under their ‘common goal to provide the best possible service for patients’.
Mendip Vale operates surgeries or clinics in Langford, Congresbury, Yatton, St Georges and Wrington – serving 26,000 people.
In addition to Clevedon, Sunnyside covers patients from Tickenham, Kenn and Kingston Seymour, with 7,200 patients on its books.
Mendip Vale and Sunnyside are ‘delighted’ by the prospect of joining forces, hoping it will offer more choice and a wider range of services to patients.
A spokesman said: “The demands and pressures on GP practices are continuing to increase, and we are reviewing how we best adapt to meet the needs of our patients.
“Working together as a larger group will put us in a more sustainable position to deliver safe and effective care. Both practices have worked together on new and innovative ways in delivering patient-focused care.
“We want to be able to offer the choice of which surgery patients are seen at. This will make it easier for patients to select an appointment time and location that is the most convenient.
“Having larger multi-disciplinary teams will help us provide services that are robust and sustainable for our patients.”
The spokesman eased the worries of patients unsure of the ramifications of the merger.
They added: “It is business as usual for our patients. All our patients from both surgeries will continue to access our services in the same way as they do now.
“You will continue to ring the same telephone numbers, see and speak to the same receptionists, GPs and nursing staff, and attend the same practice that you have always attended. Nothing will change.
“Over the coming months we will be identifying areas across both surgeries that could be improved to benefit our patients.
“There will be regular updates, and we will let you know if and when changes may be made.
“We will be actively working with our practice patient groups to help support these changes to ensure they meet the needs of all our patients.”