Surgeries merge to secure future in changing NHS
DOCTORS have announced a merger to keep them fit for the new future of NHS primary care.
Around 10,000 patients will be treated by an amalgamation of Cam's Orchard Medical Centre and the Uley Surgery from April.
A letter just sent to all households served by the two practices by the GPs say the new arrangement will be named Cam and Uley Family Practice.
Altogether, 10 doctors are involved. They will still operate from both the Orchard centre in Fairmead and from the surgery in The Street.
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The May Lane surgery in Dursley will no longer be used by the new practice.
Considerable upheaval in health matters had prompted the change, said Orchard Medical Centre senior partner Graham Cole.
He said: "There are a number of changes occurring within NHS primary care, particularly in relation to the regulatory framework we will have to work under, our funding and the fact that it is now open for services to be provided by any qualified provider."
That means larger practices are more likely to be in a better position to survive in the foreseeable future.
Stephen Alvis, senior partner in Uley, agreed the merger provided the best option for the long-term provision and maintenance of high quality GP services in the area.
The merger provided security for staff of both practices, said Dr Alvis.
A newsletter circulating to patients said: "GP and community services are taking on more responsibility for care provision and need a wider range of specialist expertise and back-up to be able to do this. This merger will provide the range of skills we feel is necessary."