Beech Grove Surgery in Brading and Lake will close its doors next year, with 4,500 patients set to be moved to other practices by the Isle of Wight Clinical Commissioning Group, it has been announced today (Wednesday).
Patients have this lunchtime been informed of the decision for a ‘managed dispersal’ of registered patients to other practices. It comes following the news last month that the GPs at Brading’s only practice are to hand back their contract.
Primary care services will no longer be provided in Brading from 1st April 2020, leaving residents of the town having to travel to Ryde, St Helens or Sandown for treatment. Those registered at the surgery’s Lake practice will also have to move although the disruption is expected to be less intrusive for those patients.
Work is underway to transfer the majority of patients to Sandown Health Centre, Shanklin Medical Centre, Tower House Surgery and St Helens Medical Centre. Patients will be informed by means of a letter which surgery they have been allocated. The intention is to transfer families who live at the same address to the same practice.
Although the CCG had hoped that the Brading surgery could be kept open, no expressions of interest were received from any other Island GPs. In addition, the current buildings at The Mall and Sandown Road will be unavailable from April next year, meaning suitable premises would have had to have been found at a significant cost.
The decision was taken by the Partnership Primary Care Commissioning Committee of the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Partnership of Clinical Commissioning Groups on 7th November.
In a letter to those affected, the CCG has said:
“We appreciate that this is not the outcome that everyone wanted, and that it presents some patients with difficulties, but the decision cannot be changed. The PPCCC agree that, realistically, it was the only option open to us to ensure your continued safe access to GP primary medical services”.