King Street GP practice will close on 31 March 2017. The King Street site operates two services, the GP practice with a registered list and the walk-in-service. The changes will not affect the walk-in-service, which operates under a separate contract.
The decision has been approved by the NHS Wakefield CCG Probity Committee, whose members were asked to decide the best option for patients currently registered at the King Street Health Centre.
Rhod Mitchell, Chair of NHS Wakefield CCG Probity Committee said: “It is important that these patients will be served by a practice which can offer continuity of care and a wider range of professionals and services. The committee wanted reassurance that patients who required more assistance would be supported during the re-registration process and in the future. The committee received the assurances it required and therefore approved the re-registration of the patients at neighbouring practices.
“The dispersal of King Street registered list will not affect the walk-in-service.”
A three month public engagement ended on 31 December 2016 which allowed patients registered at King Street to provide feedback on the practice and the care they received there. This feedback helped support the decision reached by NHS Wakefield CCG Probity Committee.
All patients will be contacted by post to explain what to do next, how to choose a practice to register with and what support is available to help them settle into their new practice. There are nine other surgeries within 1.3 miles of King Street Health Centre, all of which are accepting new patients. NHS Wakefield CCG will also be holding drop-in sessions at King Street to help explain the changes and will provide extra support for those who require further assistance. No patient will be left without a GP practice as a result of these changes, and the NHS Wakefield CCG has a robust dispersal plan in place to ensure this.
Andrew Nutter, Deputy Chief Executive at Local Care Direct, the current provider at King Street, said: " We are obviously disappointed the practice will be closing but we understand the reasons for closure and that this does not reflect on the wonderfully dedicated team of people who have worked hard to deliver a high quality service to their patients, including many who are vulnerable and often feel excluded from public services.
"We will now be working closely with NHS Wakefield CCG to ensure a smooth transition which maintains high standards of care for patients, and supports our colleagues at King Street practice to secure other roles within our organisation."
The Patient Advice and Liaison Service is available to patients to discuss the changes. The team can be contacted Monday to Friday, during office hours on 0800 0525 270 or by email at: email@example.com
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