Future of family doctor (GP) services at Peel Park at Hillside Bridge

By ANISAH ARIF

Peel Park GP Practice temporary contract is due to come to an end.

Patients registered at Peel Park GP Practice are being invited to attend a number of drop-in events to find out more about the future of their practice.

NHS Bradford City Clinical commissioning  Group (CCG) is considering how primary care services will be delivered in the future as the temporary contract at the practice is due to come to an end in early 2019.

The surgery looks after of 5,380 patients under the care of Dr Jha and is one of two based at Hillside Bridge Health Centre. It is said patients registered at Primrose Surgery are not affected by this.

All patients affected have been contacted in writing and have also been invited to meet with local NHS staff at a series of drop-in events. The sessions will give patients the opportunity to ask any questions they may have and are being held at Hillside Bridge Health Centre on:

  • Tuesday 20 November at 12 noon
  • Wednesday 5 December 2018 at 6pm

The events are open to all patients and their carers and there is no need to book.

Liz Allen, executive director at NHS Bradford City CCG, said: “There will be a change in how services are delivered as a result of this contract coming to an end. However, this gives us an opportunity to consider how GP services are delivered in the future.

“Changing local GP services can be unsettling for people, which is why we wanted to reassure patients about the steps we are taking to make sure they continue to have access to high quality, responsive and robust primary care services.

“Our next step is to ensure that family doctor services are provided for patients currently registered with the Peel Park practice at Hillside Bridge so we are talking to local GP practices to see how many new patients they could accept. We will encourage any new provider to consider offering GP services from Hillside Bridge Health Centre as it is a modern, high quality building. Our decision is around the provider of GP services and not the location of services.”

Patients do not need to do anything at this stage and can continue to use services at the practice. The CCG will write to patients again to tell them more about the next steps.

However, anyone who would like to move practices ahead of the change are free to register with a GP surgery of their choice. All GP surgeries in the area around Hillside Bridge are accepting new patients and a list of the practices has been included in the letter to patients affected.

A list of GP surgeries is also available on the NHS website – www.nhs.uk

Anyone needing any further information can contact the CCG’s patient support manager by calling 01274 237562 or by emailing BradfordCCGspatientsupport@bradford.nhs.uk.

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