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Topic: Premises

June 28, 2019

Babylon will be forced to open new premises across England, and existing primary care networks will be obliged to take them on under new proposals launched today by NHS England.
Under the new plans, which are being consulted on by NHS England, once a practice has more than a certain number of out-of-area patients in a particular CCG – either 1,000 or 2,000 – they will be forced to hold a new contract in that CCG.
This will be an APMS contract, and the practice will be required to open a premises in that CCG.

June 14, 2019

NHS Isle of Wight CCG has approved the first GP practice mergers on the island.
Carisbrooke Medical Centre and the Dower House Surgery, in Newport, will merge from 1 October, while Ventnor Medical Centre and Grove House Surgery, in Ventnor, will become one organisation from 1 April 2020.

June 11, 2019

An NHS foundation trust in North Yorkshire has taken over another GP practice in Bridlington that has been badly hit by the GP recruitment crisis, it has emerged.
Humber Teaching NHS Foundation Trust has announced it will now run Manor House Surgery in Providence Way, Bridlington, meaning the trust will provide GP services to around 45,000 people in Bridlington, Flamborough and neighbouring areas.

January 29, 2019

An NHS body could take on the lease of practices that find themselves in a ‘last partner standing’ situation, NHS England has said.
Speaking at the Westminster Health Forum Event in London on 24 January, NHS England director of primary care workforce and infrastructure programmes Ian Biggs presented the emerging themes of the upcoming General Practice Premises Policy Review.

January 17, 2019

GP patients in Gosport have been banned from switching surgeries after a dramatic exodus of patients from a hospital-managed GP practice left others overwhelmed.
The Hampshire town has seen 2,100 patients transfer to different practices after problems at the four-practice Willow Group, managed by Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust.
NHS Fareham and Gosport CCG, which took the decision, said the three-month restriction will remain in place until 31 March.

January 15, 2019

Practice managers should receive further training and development to help ease the workload pressures on their practices, a review has suggested.
The GP Partnership Review, published today, put forward the suggestion as part of a series of recommendations to reinvigorate the partnership model.

January 9, 2019

A GP practice in Chiddingfold, Surrey has been left damaged following a fire at around 3am on 7 January.
The fire significantly damaged Chiddingfold surgery, which as a result is now closed, but no fatalities nor injuries to patients or staff were reported.
A number of residents from houses nearby the practice were evacuated, according to a statement by Surrey Police.

January 4, 2019

Patients who need an ambulance at a GP surgery are routinely facing waits twice as long as patients who call 999 from elsewhere, a major investigation by our sister publication Pulse has revealed.
Freedom of information responses from 10 of the 13 ambulance trusts across the UK show that, without exception, the average wait for patients who are with healthcare professionals is far longer than for members of the public.

December 13, 2018

Some CCGs across the country are actively merging practices that are under the APMS contract with those that are under GMS or PMS contracts in order to remove APMS from the system, the BMA has claimed.

December 12, 2018

A GP practice in Nottingham serving 12,000 patients has been forced to hand back its contract to NHS England due to severe financial pressures.

November 19, 2018

A shortage of GPs has forced a practice in Dorset to close after it was unable to find replacements for retiring doctors.
The Abbotsbury Road Surgery in Weymouth announced last month that it will hand back its contract at the end of March next year.
GP partners at the two-site practice said an ageing workforce and national shortage of GPs means that it has been unable to recruit enough new GPs to keep the practice running.

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.