Ossett surgeries to ask patients about merger proposal

Prospect Surgery and Church Street Surgery in Ossett will begin engagement with patients about a proposed merger.

They were given approval to start the process at a meeting of NHS Wakefield CCG’s Probity Committee held on Tuesday (28 January).

The two surgeries are co-located on the same site in Ossett Health Village.

The ability to deliver improved access and choice, workforce improvements and administrative improvements were all given as reasons for the practices wanting to join.

Melanie Brown, Director of Commissioning - Integrated Health and Care, said: “We heard that through greater capacity the new merged practice would have the ability to offer a wider selection of named GPs and that there would be a multi-disciplinary approach to managing same day demand for primary care.

“It’s important that there is now an engagement process that captures the views of as many patients as possible from both Prospect and Church Street, including those who may have not attended the practices recently.”

The formal engagement process will include a joint meeting of the practices’ Patient Participation Groups – representatives who provide valuable feedback on improving services – and an open evening for all patients.

Details of how patients can have their say will also be included in dedicated areas on both the Prospect Surgery and Church Street Surgery websites.