What are the benefits?
More choice for our patients
In the longer term, we hope to offer patients a choice to attend either the Holly site or 200 Osborne Road. This would make it easier for you to select a time and location which best suits you.
More GPs and nurses available to our patients
Our GP and nursing teams all have specialist interests and additional skills. Working together will enable us to offer a wider service to our patients. While for now it will be ‘business as usual’, over time the two practices working closely together will increase the availability of GPs and nurses across both practice sites.
A more sustainable practice
Smaller practices are facing a number of challenges. The average size of GP practices has risen steadily in recent years. By coming together as a larger practice, we can share resources, benefit from economies of scale, be more resilient and hopefully work towards expanding the services we provide. This will include integrating our clinical and IT systems.
Listening to our patients
We are very clear that a merger is the best way forward both for patients and the practice, but if you have any questions, you are welcome to call into a drop-in event on Monday 17 December 2018, between 3.30pm and 5.30pm, or Wednesday 16 January 2019, between 5pm and 7pm. Both drop-ins take place at Jesmond Library, St George’s Terrace, NE2 2DL. This will be a chance for patients to discuss the proposal and ask any questions.
We will also display any further updates in reception areas and on our websites at www.hollymedicalgroup.co.uk and www.thesurgery.org. We would be grateful if you could raise any concerns using one of these options rather than booking appointments with the doctors or nurses to discuss the merger.
Alternatively, if you would like to discuss this with an independent organisation, you may wish to contact Healthwatch Newcastle, which listens to, advises and speaks up for users of health and social care services. They can be contacted on 0191 338 5720 or at [email protected].
Click here for a list of frequently asked questions about this proposal – Frequently Asked Questions