Shelford Medical Practice merger
Granta and Shelford Medical Practices Proposed merger
The NHS is changing rapidly. General Practice remains the bedrock of the NHS but needs to adapt to be able to meet both current and future needs of our populations.
Nationally there is already a significant shortfall in GP numbers and this is going to get worse. With an aging population health care needs are more complex and patients are attending the surgery much more frequently than in the past.
Put simply, the traditional general practice which has worked so well for so long is no longer able to service patient needs. Government policy is that only large general practices will get access to new funding streams. Without this additional resource patient care will suffer.
The GPs of both Granta Medical Practices (Barley, Royston, Linton and Sawston) and Shelford Health Centre believe that the best option for maintaining and improving services for our patients is through coming together to form a single practice. At present the practices are consulting on this proposed merger. We are keen to seek views of all those who might be affected.
The practice teams already work very closely together. We believe that by coming together the existing services provided to our patients will not just be more sustainable but that we will be able to add new services, enabling improved care in our practices. A merger also facilitates the hoped-for integration of community nursing and support teams with the practices as part of the nationally recognised “Primary Care Home” model of integrated care.
There is no suggestion of, or intention to, shut any of the surgeries down nor to stop providing core general practice consultations from each site. Some administrative and specialist services may be delivered from a single location.
Already the Granta merged practices are better placed to retain and recruit clinical staff than many surrounding practices, ensuring high levels of continued service despite the national shortage of doctors and nurses in primary care.
Shelford and Granta Medical Practices are committed to providing the best possible care for our patients within the NHS system.
We are keen to evolve to remain as relevant for our community in the next half century as we have been since the foundation of the NHS. Together, with some 44,000 patients, we will be big enough to deliver modern healthcare while remaining small enough to care and be responsive to our patient needs.
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