Primary care services at the Locality Health Centre GP practice in Weston-super-Mare will be delivered by local GPs from next month, NHS commissioners have confirmed. The agreement secures the future of GP services at the Centre after the current provider’s contract expires on 31 October. The new provider, Pier Health will begin on 1 November and patients will not be required to re-register. Dr Kevin Haggerty, a GP at Longton Grove Surgery in Weston-super-Mare, said: “Local primary care services are most people’s first point of contact with the NHS and a vital focus for local health and care provision so I’m really pleased that by working together we’ve been able to safeguard services at the Locality. “Partnership working between GPs, in order to strengthen and enhance local primary care provision in the Weston area, is one of the key principles of the local Healthy Weston programme and this announcement demonstrates how this collective approach can really deliver results for local people. “We look forward to meeting staff and patients in the coming days and weeks.” The announcement was welcomed by the Chair of Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire clinical commissioning group Dr Jonathan Hayes. “This is an excellent outcome and I am sure patients and staff will be reassured to know that the future of the service has been resolved following some uncertainty in recent weeks. “Our ambition has always been to retain primary care services at the Locality Health Centre following the expiry of the current contract, and we have been working very hard to identify a new provider following the reprocurement exercise we ran in the summer. “I’m particularly pleased that local GPs have come together as a group to secure the future of the practice.” NHS commissioners are writing to all patients and staff to confirm the new management arrangements and staff will be transferred to the new provider from the start of November.
The current GP contract for The Locality Health Centre expires on 31st October 2018.
You do not need to take any action.
It will be business as usual at the surgery and you are advised to continue using GP services as normal.
The NHS is currently running a procurement exercise to find a provider for this contract to continue running the practice. This may mean that you may see some new faces at the surgery from 1st November 2018.
We would like to reassure you that we are absolutely committed to ensuring patients at The Locality Health Centre get the best quality services. So we are asking patients to fill in our survey and your responses will help to ensure that NHS services at the surgery meet the needs of the local population. The survey is short and anonymous so please feel free to comment.
If you do have any concerns, please contact NHS England on 0113 825 5299.
You can find this survey online at: http://www.engage.england.nhs.uk/
Following feedback from our patients; we are working together with other local practices to offer more appointments in the evenings and at weekends. Should these appointments be more convenient around your commitments, please speak to a member of the practice team to find out more. We hope you will enjoy using our extended hours service. These appointments are prebookable through reception and online. Currently if you wish to be seen at the Locality Health Centre our extended hours are usually alternate Saturday mornings. Please note that the surgery is open for these prebooked appointments only, it does not replace the out-of-hours service.
Out of Hours is accessed by calling 111 which is free of charge.
The week is about promoting prevention of developing Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus. Please click on the button below to assess your risk. If you are worried, are aged between 40-74 years and have no other health concerns, you are entitled to a FREE NHS HEALTH CHECK. If you do not fit these criteria, then please ask Reception to book in for a Blood Test. #PreventingType2
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- There has been a confirmed case of measles in North Somerset we therefore ask you not to come into the surgery if you have symptoms of a rash and fever
- If you are concerned that you have these symptoms telephone the surgery to speak to a receptionist
- The receptionist will then arrange for you to be called back by a clinician who will carry out a telephone consultation and invite you in to be seen if appropriate
- You will be asked not to wait in the waiting room and will be given instructions on where to report
Please click on the link above to read the information from Public Health England regarding the incident in Salisbury, Wiltshire.
The Locality Health Centre is closed on:
Christmas Day – Monday 25th December
Boxing Day – Tuesday 26th December
New Year Day – Monday 1st January
If you have a medical concern that cannot wait until the surgery is open, please call 111, where your call will be answered by NHS 111 service.
Calls to the NHS 111 service are free from both landlines and from mobile phones.
IN AN EMERGENCY CALL 999. Chest pains and/or shortness of breath constitute an emergency.
We are delighted to announce that Dr James Miller is joining us a a new GP from the beginning of November. Dr Miller is newly trained as a GP and brings experience of working in hospitals in Australia. He is a keen sportsman and interested in sports medicine.
If you are over 65 or in the at risk category it is important to get your free flu jab.
Clinics at the Locality Health Centre on:
Saturday October 15th 9.00-1200
Saturday November 12th 9.00-12.00
Book in now with the reception team on the phone or in person.
From October 1st the Locality Health Centre will be working in close collaboration with Clarence Park Surgeries. Over time this will enable to become more efficient and offer a better service to patients.
There will be no immediate changes for patients at either surgery. Patients continue to be registered with and can only be seen with at their respective surgeries.