Ossett general practice merger approved by Wakefield CCG Primary Care Commissioning Committee

Prospect Surgery and Church Street Surgery in Ossett will merge later this year after plans were approved by NHS Wakefield CCG.

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The surgeries' proposal to merge has been approved

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

An engagement process surrounding a potential merger got underway earlier this year following an application made in January.

The practices’ joint Patient Participation Group (PPG) supported the proposal and there was wider engagement via an open evening and dedicated areas on both practice websites where patients could leave comments and feedback.

Following consideration of the engagement report, the plan was approved by Wakefield CCG’s Primary Care Commissioning Committee on 30 June 2020.

The new practice hopes to offer a wider selection of staff including GPs, Advanced Nurse Practitioners (ANPs), Advanced Clinical Practitioners (ACPs), Nurses, Healthcare Assistants (HCAs) and more options for patients wishing to access either a male or female clinician.

This wider skill mix means there would be increased capacity to offer minor surgery, contraceptive implants and joint injections.

Church Street GP partner Aly Damji said: “We would like to thank patients for taking the time to provide feedback about the proposal and we have taken all their comments on board as we move forward to establish one, single practice.”

“Through a merged clinical team, shared learning and a multidisciplinary approach to managing same day demand for primary care, we want to deliver the highest quality of care to all our registered population.”

Prospect Surgery GP partner Mary Kemshell said: “By combining our resources, expertise and teams, we plan to use this opportunity to offer a wider range of patient-centred services that provide the best possible care. We already work closely alongside the partners and team at Church Street surgery and feel this new chapter will be of great benefit to the patients of Ossett."

The merger is proposed to take place in October although this is dependent on further work, including the combination of clinical systems. The new, single surgery will be called Ossett Surgery, subject to approval.