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Topic: Premises

November 14, 2018

Some 40,000 patients could lose their GP as several practices are set to close across the UK, mainly as a result of recruitment issues.
 
Two practices in south west Wales and one in south London are due to close by early 2019 as GPs retire without replacement. A further four practices are under review in County Durham and one in East London due to the same issue.
 

November 5, 2018

GP practices have been told not to sign NHS Property Services (NHS PS) occupancy agreement letters (OALs) if they do not agree with their terms, Londonwide LMCs has said.
 
The LMC body representing practices in London said that the letters have not been agreed with the GPC nor with them and for this reason they are asking practices to seek legal advice before signing the letters.
 

November 2, 2018

Just around one in 10 locum GPs would consider taking on a partnership role in the future, a major survey of locum GPs has revealed.
 
In our sister publication Pulse's first ever survey of locum GPs, only 13% answered yes to whether they would ‘ever’ become a partner in future, while 65% said no and the remainder that they did not know.
 
The main barriers appear to be a lack of a financial incentive and concerns regarding partner workloads.
 

October 11, 2018

A GP practice in Redditch, West Midlands will close at the end of the year after a failure to find a provider to take over the practice, NHS Redditch and Bromsgrove CCG has announced.
 
The CCG said it did everything possible to keep Woodrow Medical Centre open, but could not find a permanent clinical provider, resulting in the decision to close the practice in December.
 
Patients have been advised to look for another practice before the end of the year.
 
Troubled practice
 

October 4, 2018

A GP practice in Coulsdon, South London will close permanently on 26 October as the practice’ sole owner is retiring, NHS Croydon Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) has said.
 
The practice’s 3,700 patients have been informed of Dr Jamil Khan’s decision to retire after providing services from the practice for more than 34 years.
 
NHS Croydon CCG said that ‘different options to support the continued delivery of primary care services from the Coulsdon Medical Practice site’ had been discussed with Dr Khan.

September 28, 2018

As many as 762 practices across the UK could be forced to close over the next five years as their GPs are approaching retirement, the RCGP has said.
 
Three-quarters of the practices’ GPs are aged over 55 and will soon retire, according to a new RCGP analysis published today.
 
Around 625 practices in England, 71 in Scotland, 37 in Wales and 29 in Northern Ireland will be affected, according to the RCGP analysis, which is based on NHS Digital data.
 

September 24, 2018

A GP practice in Southend-on-Sea is closing one of its two branches as the building it’s housed in has been deemed no longer fit for purpose.
 
Pall Mall surgery decided to close its branch based in Southbourne Grove following a primary care committee meeting on 19 September during which it emerged that the practice would have needed considerable refurbishment to meet the health and safety, fire and Disability Discrimination Act (DDA) requirements.
 
The site will close on 30 November.
 

September 21, 2018

A GP practice in Hebburn, Tyne and Wear has decided to hand back its APMS contract earlier than planned, leaving almost 3,000 patients having to register elsewhere.
 
The Park Surgery – whose closure will not affect The Glen Medical Group, operating from the same building – will continue to see patients until 31 March 2019.
 
NHS South Tyneside Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is now contacting patients to encourage them to register with another practice as soon as possible.
 

September 17, 2018

A GP practice has reported losses of various medical items, after it was burgled last week.
 
The Lea Vale Medical Practice, located in the Liverpool Road Health Centre in Luton, told Bedfordshire police that several items went missing, ‘including a defibrillator, an ECG machine, a blood glucose machine, five boxes of clothes, a doctor’s stamp, boxes of condoms, paramedic emergency equipment and an iPhone 7’.
 

September 11, 2018

A Scottish GP practice has taken the decision to close one of its branches after being unsuccessful at recruiting new GPs.
 
The Mill Practice in Dundee will close its Fintry Mill Medical Centre site and move all patients to the main site, Arthurstone Medical Centre, from 5 October. 
 

September 3, 2018

More than 4,500 patients registered at the Rosemount Medical Group (RMG) in Aberdeen could be redistributed to GP practices closer to their homes when their practice closes next year.
 
This is the preferred option that the Aberdeen City Integration Joint Board (IJB) is considering to guarantee general practice services to Rosemount Medical Group’s 4,568 patients.
 

July 31, 2018

Modality Partnership, one of the first GP super-partnerships in the UK, is growing its patient list size to around 380,000 with the addition of eight GP practices in Walsall in the West Midlands.

NHS Walsall Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) selected the GP organisation as the new provider for eight practices in the area, following a public consultation in August 2017.

July 30, 2018

The UK has experienced the longest heatwave in 40 years and the Met Office recorded the highest temperature of 35.3°C in Faversham, Kent last Thursday. 
 
However, since then temperatures dropped to the mid 20s. But don’t be fooled, the heatwave is set to return and temperatures could reach 30°C again this week, according to the Met Office.
 

July 20, 2018

A GP practice in Lancashire was awarded a £40K grant to collect and share memories of healthcare from the last 70 years or more.
 
Lostock Hall Medical Centre in Preston was the successful bidder of a Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) grant, through which it will explore the local history of healthcare.
 
On Saturday 21 July, practice manager David Pearson will be launching the Doctor Doctor project, through which his practice will collect patient’s stories and artefacts from the past.
 

July 13, 2018

GP practices owe £202m in unpaid premises fees to government-owned NHS Property Services (NHS PS) and Community Health Partnerships (CHP), a health minister has revealed.
 
This latest figure, up to the end of 2017/18, represents a £79m increase compared with the previous year, when practices owed £123m to the two companies, as revealed by our sister publication Pulse.
 
In response GP leaders have said the charges are 'a significant threat to general practice' and must be 'abandoned'.
 

July 9, 2018

A Scottish GP surgery is considering closing one of its sites after it was unable to attract new GPs.
 
On a statement on their website, the Mill Practice in Dundee wrote that despite ‘actively trying to recruit replacement GPs since October 2017’ they have not been successful.
 

July 6, 2018

Practice manager Kate Carr tells Valeria Fiore that keeping The Crookes Practice in Sheffield thriving takes determination, grit and a desire to make a difference
 
Q What do you love about your job?
 
A That I can make a difference. I’m also a partner at The Crookes Practice and involved in much of the decision-making.
 
Sometimes in primary care I feel the decision-making is quite drawn out, but here we tend to make decisions on the spot.
 

July 4, 2018

NHS England has launched a consultation that 'could herald the most substantial changes to the GP contract since 2004', according to board papers.
 

June 26, 2018

A few years ago, merging was a daring move for practices. But more surgeries are now finding that it’s the way to remain sustainable, reports Valeria Fiore
 

May 2, 2018

Growing financial pressures mean almost half of GP practices are considering a merge or restructure in the next five years, a survey has found.
 
The majority (85%) of the 145 GPs who responded to the Lloyds Bank commercial banking healthcare confidence index survey published today (2 May), said they expect financial pressures to mount over the next five years.
 
In response to these pressures, 48% of them are considering merging or changing their practice’s structure.
 

April 13, 2018

A GP practice could close after failing to find new premises, as the current ones are not suitable for the provision of care.
 
Patients have been sent a letter today (13 April) in which the practice partners ask for their views on the closure of one of The Limes Medical Centre branches, Garlinge Branch Surgery in Margate, Kent.
 
The main surgery in Trinity Square, Margate will stay open and patients will not need to re-register with another practice.
 

February 19, 2018

Works for a new purpose-build GP practice that will be delivered by NHS Propery Services (PS) have begun last Friday (16 february), after local residents saw their former practice closed in 2015.

The £2.3m development will rise in Bow Fell, Brownsover after the Brownsover Medical Practice did not see its contract with NHS England renewed back in 2015.

February 8, 2018

Two branches of the same surgery will continue to provide care for their community after a new contract to run the service has been awarded by the local CCG.

Cliff House Medical Practice in Lincoln, Lincolnshire will continue to operate from its two sites in Burton Road and Gresham Street, after business partner Mrs Errum Ansari and partners have been awarded a new contract by NHS Lincolnshire West Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG).

It comes as partners successfully won a competitive tender process.

February 2, 2018

A GP practice has closed after failing to secure a new contract with a provider to run the service, the local CCG has said.

NHS Newcastle Gateshead Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) announced at a meeting on 30 January that it had not managed to find a new provider for the service and was therefore forced to close the practice.