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Selby GP practice proposes closure of branch

Selby GP practice proposes closure of branch

11:49am 16th November 2010

Posterngate GP practice in Selby is proposing to close its Cawood branch surgery and transfer the services currently offered at Cawood to its main site at Posterngate Surgery.

As part of the decision-making process, the surgery is holding a three-month period of engagement with patients and local stakeholders to discuss the proposals and seek their views.

The reasons for the proposed closure of Cawood surgery include:

  • Issues with the quality of the building - including a problem with damp - which have been cited in a recent infection control inspection
  • A lack of suitable accommodation in the local area
  • It is unable to meet access standards for a health care service environment

Dr John Reid, lead partner at Posterngate Surgery, said:

"We want to make sure that our patients receive care in the best facilities we can provide. We believe we can do this much better with patients being treated from the premises at Posterngate.

"As we do not own the Cawood building it is difficult to arrange for improvements to be made, and the design means it cannot meet modern standards of accommodation for the delivery of health care.

"We know many patients registered with the Cawood branch surgery will have concerns about these proposals. Therefore, we are holding a three-month public engagement exercise to make sure patients are fully informed about their options.

"We hope that all our patients who use Cawood Surgery will stay with the practice at Posterngate. However, we understand that some patients may wish to move to another practice." 

The public engagement exercise runs until 22nd January 2011. Patients and members of the public can participate by:

  • Completing and returning a comment card (available from the surgery)
  • Writing to Jacqueline Roe, Practice Manager, Posterngate Surgery, Portholme Road, Selby YO8 4QH
  • Emailing Jacqueline.roe@gp-B82074.nhs.uk
  • Completing the Comments and Suggestions Form available on the Posterngate Surgery website in the Contact Us section at www.posterngate.co.uk

As part of the public engagement exercise, Posterngate Practice will be holding a meeting in Cawood for patients and members of the public to come and discuss these proposals. The meeting will be held at the Old Boys School Hall, School Lane, Cawood on Thursday 25th November 2010 from 1.30 - 2.30pm.


When will the practice close?

Posterngate Surgery is working with NHS North Yorkshire and York to ensure continuity of service provision is maintained and to agree a closure date. A closure date is anticipated for the 31 March 2011. This will be subject to final approval.

Posterngate Surgery will continue to help its patients to ensure they receive the support they need and are able to make informed decisions about the care they receive and where they receive it.

If I choose to leave the practice, what will I have to do?

If you wish to move practices, simply contact your chosen practice reception desk and ask to register with them.  You will be asked to complete a registration form and sign a form of 'Authority'. This form of 'Authority' will allow your new practice to confirm that you wish to move and will enable your current practice to send your patient records to your new practice. 

The two GP practices nearest to Posterngate are:

Scott Road Medical Centre                         Beech Tree Surgery

Scott Road                                                     Main Street

Selby                                                              Riccall

YO8 4BL                                                        YO19 6QD

Tel: 01904 724400                                       Tel: 01757 248633

To see more GP practices in the local area, visit www.nhs.uk

If you want help and advice on moving GP practices, please contact the NHS North Yorkshire and York's Patient Advice and Liaison Service on 0800 06 88 000 or email nyy-pct.pals@nhs.net

How far will I have to travel from Cawood to Posterngate?

Posterngate surgery is approximately five miles away from Cawood and takes around 10-15 minutes travelling by car or bus. There is a car park for patients to use at the rear of the building with adequate parking spaces. In addition, there are several local car parks in the vicinity of the surgery.

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