UPDATE ON HOLT PARK SURGERY PROPOSED CHANGES

I have recently received the following information in a copy of a letter that will be going to all patients registered with the Holt Park Surgery practice:

Dear Patient,

Re: Abbey Medical Practice – practice proposals

You may have recently received a letter from the practice regarding our proposed merger with Moor Grange Surgery and our proposed closure of our existing branch surgery at Holt Park Health Centre. We are aware that the wording of this letter may have led some patients to believe that these proposals have already received final approval from NHS England, prior to giving our patients the opportunity to understand and comment on these proposals. This has clearly caused some confusion and concern and we hope that we can now clarify our proposed plans.

 Our proposals to merge with Moor Grange Surgery

At present, we look after the needs of approximately 5,000 patients. Surgeries are held in two locations and our GPs and nurses split their time between both: Abbey Medical Practice, Norman Street, Leeds, LS5 3JN; and our branch surgery at Holt Park Health Centre, Holt Road, Leeds, LS16 7QD. Moor Grange Surgery, located at 60 Moor Grange View, Leeds, LS16 5BJ and which looks after around 4,000 patients saw their senior partner retire recently and they have been unable to recruit a suitable replacement.

As two smaller practices, the increasing demands on primary care services has resulted in the GP partners at both practices looking to merge in the future. We believe that a merger will benefit all our patients with a greater provision of services due to the increased skill mix the combined clinical interests will bring, for example a greater choice of GP, longer opening hours, and more services offered locally, such as family planning, minor surgery and joint injections.

We have submitted our proposals for a merger to NHS England and they are currently considering these prior to reaching a decision.

Holt Park Surgery

In order for us to maintain the range of services we wish to offer, we believe it will be a more efficient use of our resources to combine the number of sites we operate from, should our proposals to merge be approved. In addition, we have also applied to NHS England to close our branch surgery at Holt Park Health Centre.

The application to close the branch surgery relates only to services offered by Drs Liu, Farrell and Khan. The Health Centre building and all other services currently provided there are not affected in any way by our application.

Subject to approval of the proposed merger with Moor Grange Medical Practice, we believe that by joining services from the main sites at Abbey Medical Practice and Moor Grange Surgery, the proposed closure of the branch surgery is in the long-term best interests of patients and staff. We believe that the benefits would be:

Improved Services: by concentrating all of our services on two sites, this would offer patients a wider choice of GPs, increased availability of appointments and more capacity to develop the range of health services provided.

Choice of GP: When all of the practice staff work at the two main sites there will be more appointment times available and a wider choice of personnel. If the GPs and other practice staff spend time travelling between three sites, this will invariably mean less time available to see patients.

Minor surgery: Primary care is changing across the country. To make health care more accessible to patients, many services – including minor surgery – are moving away from hospitals to GP surgeries. Working from the two main sites only will allow us the opportunity to review the number of sessions provided and increase these if appropriate.

Prescriptions: Arrangements will be made for patients who wish to continue with the current prescription collection and delivery service.

How you can help

We would like you to tell us what you think of our proposals and welcome your views and comments.

Our public engagement period ends on 31st January 2015 and, if you would like to tell us your views, please contact us during opening hours (excluding weekends and bank holidays) via:

Janine Town, Practice Manager, at either Abbey Medical Centre, Norman Street, Leeds LS5 3JN or Holt Park Health Centre, Holt Park Road, Leeds LS16. Telephone either: 0113 295 1844 or 0113 295 1855

You can also leave your feedback on our website via the ‘contact details’ section; please click on the ‘send us your comments or suggestions’ link under the map to open up the contact form.

www.abbeyandholtparkmedicalpractice.co.uk/contact1.aspx

During the engagement period, 2 public meetings will be held on the same day as follows:

Friday 9th January 2015 13:30-14:30 and 19:00-20:00 at St Pauls Church Hall, Raynel Drive, Leeds LS16 6BS, (parking is restricted to the car park and on street parking). Everyone is welcome to attend.

Staff from the practice and representatives from NHS England will be there to answer your questions and listen to your comments and concerns.

All views that we receive will be considered by NHS England to support the final decision making process. NHS England will also be informing the MP for the area, local councillors, local council committees, NHS Leeds West Clinical Commissioning Group, local doctors, dentists, pharmacists and opticians and their representative groups; local nursing and residential homes served by the practice and interested community/voluntary groups.

A Frequently Asked Questions sheet will be available shortly in practice and on the practice website.

What does this mean to you?

Subject to the outcome of this process, and the decision of NHS England, we would like to transfer all our services from Holt Park with effect from 1st April 2015. You do not have to change doctors or move to a different practice because of this proposal. For those patients who are happy to stay with the practice, we will continue to be your family doctors.

We understand, however, that some patients may wish to choose – or may find it more convenient – to see a different doctor in the area. If you would like to choose a different doctor, you find details of other practices in the area (who may provide medical services to your postcode) on the NHS Choices website – www.nhs.uk – or by telephoning Primary Care Support Services on 0113 295 2500.

We hope that we have been able to clarify further our proposals and answer any concerns raised; please do not hesitate to let us have your views and comments and contact us if you have any further questions.