GP practices pool resources

PUBLISHED: 14:00 09 March 2015

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Two GP surgeries in Clevedon are set to merge in a move that will provide a ‘exciting’ future for general practice in the town.

The Riverside Group and The Green Practice already share the same building in Old Street and will now pool their resources to provide an ‘ever-improving service’ under the name Clevedon Medical Centre.

The majority of services and protocols will largely remain the same within the centre with opening hours staying at 8.30am-6.30pm and telephone numbers will also be unchanged. All doctors from The Riverside Group and The Green Practice will remain at Clevedon Medical Centre, as will the managers and administration staff.

Dr Adam Brown said: “It is with great pleasure that the Green and Riverside partners would like to announce the merging of the two practices on April 1.

“Our collaboration and pooling of resources to provide an ever-improving service to all residents of Clevedon and the surrounding area is an exciting prospect.

“The task of merging the two practices has certainly not been small and is in fact the product of a process that began a few years ago.

“Much thought has been put into ensuring we preserve core principles in order to deliver good care.”

Clevedon Medical Centre will also give patients the opportunity to see the doctor of their choice and will offer a range of clinics to help patients who find it difficult to attend, such as open surgeries and commuter clinics.

Dr Brown said: “We are also expanding our nursing team and redeveloping the treatment room in order to increase capacity, thus reducing waiting times and increasing services we can offer.”

Dr Caroline Parfitt, also from the centre, added: “The combined practice will mean we are stronger and better equipped to deal with future changes.”

Any feedback on the merger is welcome and can be submitted by emailing A.Lee5@nhs.net or by sending a letter to Clevedon Medical Centre, Old Street, Clevedon, BS21 6DG.


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