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7 DAYS LEFT FOR PATIENTS IN BRADING AND LAKE TO HELP SHAPE GP SERVICES


Patients who attend Beech Grove Surgery at Brading or its branch at Lake have just 7 days left to take part in a survey which could help shape the future of their primary care services.

There’s a deadline of midnight on Wednesday 23rd October 2019 to complete the short questionnaire, which is available online or by hard copies.

Isle of Wight NHS Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) has been informed by the 2 GP partners at Beech Grove, a husband and wife team, that they are handing back their contract for providing GP services at both their sites on 31st March 2020.

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The CCG is exploring options for the future to ensure that the 4,500 registered patients have ongoing access to high-quality GP services from 1st April 2020.

It is asking existing Beech Grove and Lake patients about the services they currently use and value.

The CCG, which is responsible for planning primary care services across the Island, has set up a dedicated page on its website for Beech Grove – https://www.isleofwightccg.nhs.uk/get-involved/public-consultations/beech-grove-surgery.htm

The survey is available online – https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/beechgrovesurgery – or via hard copy at Beech Grove or Lake, or you call the CCG on 01983 552064 or email [email protected]. You can also download a PDF version from the web page, fill it out and either take it to your GP practice or return in person or post to the CCG at:

‘Beech Grove Surgery survey’
NHS Isle of Wight Clinical Commissioning Group
block A
The Apex
St Cross Business Park
Newport
PO30 5XW

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Tracy Savage, Locality Director for the CCG, said:

“We are really kind to seek the views of patients registered and Beech Grove and Brading as this will influence our decision-making as we do the options appraisal for determining how best services can be provided for patients from April 2020.

“We hope to be in a position to have made our decision by mid-November, which is why the survey deadline has been set for a week today (October 23) – as obviously it will take a while to evaluate the findings.”

Bob Seely MP has said:

“I am very concerned about the announced closure of the GP surgeries at Brading and Lake and I am seeking assurances from the IW Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) that there will be adequate provision to meet the needs of patients from these two practices.

“I recognise that there is a heavy demand on the Island for GP services due to our ageing population and that there are national and local recruitment and retention issues.

“However, I want the CCG to assure me that they are addressing the problems created by the closure of these surgeries and that the 4,500+ registered patients affected will have continued and ongoing access to high quality and convenient primary care services from April 2020.”

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