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Patients asked about future plans for two Bradford GP surgeries

Patients asked about future plans for two Bradford GP surgeries

Patients at two Bradford GP practices are being asked to have their say about the future of their doctor’s surgeries.

NHS Bradford Districts Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) needs to consider future arrangements for patients at two practices:  Buttershaw Surgery, Royds Healthy Living Centre and Manningham Surgery, Westbourne Green Community Health Centre. Both surgeries are currently run by The Ridge Medical Practice.

Contracts to run each of the practices come to an end on 30 June, so the CCG is reviewing options for the future to care for everyone who currently sees a doctor at either practice.

Manningham Surgery looks after the health and care of over 2,320 patients, and there are over 3,120 patients at Buttershaw Surgery.

Patients and other stakeholders are being asked for their views on the following three options.

  • offering an extension of the existing contracts to The Ridge Medical Practice, so that the management of the surgeries would stay the same.
  • finding someone new to run the surgeries – like a group of doctors, or another organisation.
  • closing the surgeries – and helping patients find a new doctor. There are 16 other surgeries within just over a mile of the Manningham practice, and nine other surgeries within the same distance from the Buttershaw practice, and most of them are accepting new patients.

Patients have been sent an information leaflet about the proposed changes, which includes a list of GP surgeries which are close to the surgeries. One letter has been sent to each household, asking families to share it with everyone living there.

Dr Andy Withers, clinical chair at Bradford Districts CCG, said: “We want to hear as many people’s views as possible to make sure the right decision is made about the surgeries at Manningham and Buttershaw. We have a duty to ensure that patients continue to get the care they need, but this will take several months to arrange.

“There are different ways that people can have their say on the proposals; it’s really important to have this feedback so we can take their views into account.”

In the meantime, patients can continue to see their doctor and other staff at the surgeries as usual.

There are lots of ways that people can get involved and have their say on the proposals, including:

  • in writing, or by using the tear-off slip with the consultation document
  • by emailing comments to consultation@bradford.nhs.uk
  • attending drop-in sessions at the practices on the following dates:

Manningham Surgery:

  • Monday 22 February: 6.30pm to 8pm
  • Tuesday 23 February: 2pm to 3.30pm
  • Wednesday 2 March: 3pm to 4.30pm

Buttershaw Surgery:

  • Thursday 25 February: 2.30pm to 4pm
  • Monday 29 February: 2.30pm to 4pm
  • Tuesday 1 March: 6.30pm to 8pm

The deadline for comments to be received by is 2 May 2016.

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