GP surgeries consider merger

PUBLISHED: 06:30 20 August 2017

Mendip Vale Medical Practice in Station Road, Congresbury.

Mendip Vale Medical Practice in Station Road, Congresbury.

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Two North Somerset medical centres are considering a merger in the face of ever-increasing demand.

Mendip Vale Medical Practice, which treats patients from Churchill, Congresbury, Langford, Wrington and Yatton, could merge with Riverbank Medical Centre, in Worle.

A Riverbank 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.

“The surgeries have a shared belief in making a continued positive difference for patients, and feel it is the right time to combine efforts and build upon the successes to date.

“There is a common goal in wanting to provide the best possible service for our patients and ensuring their healthcare needs are met.”

Patients would be able to visit doctors at either practice, if a merger goes ahead, as well as offer more specialist treatments to them across several sites.

Mendip Vale, in a newsletter to patients, told them to continue accessing services as they normally would.

The letter said: “It is business as usual for our patients. All our patients from both surgeries will continue to access our services in exactly 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.”

The Riverbank spokesman said ‘more GPs and nurses will be available’ as a result.

Mendip Vale meanwhile is looking for people aged 16-25 to join its patient participation group to give feedback on all aspects of the surgery’s work.

Anyone interested in the role should email Sue Millard at sue.millard@mendipvale.nhs.com

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