Why merge the practices?
The NHS is changing rapidly. Through Primary Care Networks NHS England is encouraging practices to work more closely so that the needs of their particular communities are met.
We want to ensure that the patients of both practices continue to receive high quality medical care. We are now looking after patients with complex medical problems; patients with more than one long term illness as well as increasing patient expectation.
We want to continue to be able to offer a personal approach to those with long term health problems as well as be able to respond to those with more urgent health needs. We feel the best way to ensure this happens is to bring together both practices so that we can share our pool of knowledge and skills. Being a larger practice, we will be in a better position to provide sufficient doctors and nurses to better meet demand.
The workload of a current GP Practice has increased enormously in recent years and we want to make sure that time is used most effectively. At present both practices are duplicating many routine tasks and by coming together we hope to make time efficiencies which will free up staff to focus on improvements in our current services as well as responding to new initiatives.