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GP practices to merge

GP practices to merge
27 February 2019

Four of our GP practices are to merge from April to improve patient care and boost efficiency.

The Middlewood Partnership will bring together McIlvride Medical Practice and Priorslegh Medical Centre, Poynton with Bollington Medical Centre and The School House Surgery, Disley.

Middlewood will look after 33,000 people and employ around 120 staff. The existing practices will keep their names and premises but work together behind the scenes as a single business. Patients will stay registered with their existing practice unless they chose to leave it.

The plans will eventually allow patients to have appointments in any of the surgeries and with a wider range of healthcare professionals including pharmacists and physiotherapists.

Dr Tom Losel, from Bollington Medical Centre, speaking on behalf of all the partners, said: “Many of our patients have increasingly complex health needs and therefore require care that can no longer be delivered via traditional general practice alone.

“Working in a larger organisation will help our GPs to work in a more joined-up way with a wider range of health and social care colleagues.

“Merging the practices will enable many processes to happen once rather than four times, releasing clinicians to spend more time with patients.

“Patients who want to will continue to be able to see their usual doctor. The merger will allow staff to be used more flexibly and pave the way for new roles tailored to areas of expertise. In turn, the creation of diverse roles will make it easier to attract staff and meet the challenge arising from difficulties in recruiting GPs.

 “The quality of our services will remain our number one priority and we will continue to be monitored by the Care Quality Commission and the CCG.”

Patient records will be merged into a single, secure database while NHS safeguards on confidentiality of patient data will remain in place throughout the transition.