IMPORTANT INFORMATION - update 17/08/2018
The new Heart of Bath Medical Partnership was formed on the 1st April 2018, Number 18 look forward to joining them on the 1st October 2018. There will be a patient letter sent out in the next week by Primary Care Support England, to all registered patients 16 years and over, a copy of which is below. please also see the updated Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ's)
We are writing to confirm that on 1 October 2018, Number 18 Surgery will merge with the Heart of Bath Medical Partnership and the current Number 18 Surgery site will close.
All patients currently registered with Number 18 Surgery will transfer to the Heart of Bath Medical Partnership, unless you give instructions otherwise. The transfer is being carefully planned to make the process as smooth as possible for everyone.
The majority of staff from Number 18 Surgery, with the exception of Drs Charlie Berrisford and Linda McHugh, will be moving across to join the Heart of Bath Medical Partnership. Therefore, patients will continue to see many of the same staff once the merger has taken place.
As you will be aware from prior communications, the decision to close Number 18 Surgery arose because of an increase in patient activity but a decline in patient list size, meaning the business is unfortunately no longer financially viable.
However, there are many opportunities to be gained from the merger with the Heart of Bath Medical Partnership. Not only does it mean that patients will have the choice of three sites across Bath, with two of these close to the current Number 18 Surgery premises, but they will also have access to a wider range of services and benefit from more practice team skills.
There are also physical developments happening at the Heart of Bath Medical Partnership sites, which include Oldfield Surgery, St James’s Surgery and Junction Road Surgery. Recent progress includes the opening of a same-date care centre at Oldfield Surgery which includes five additional new consultation rooms and a separate waiting area and reception.
The first joint meeting of the Number 18, Oldfield and St James’s Surgeries Patient Participation Groups (PPGs) was also held in June to discuss the merger and working together for the benefit of patients. The next joint PPG is scheduled for Wednesday 5 September at St James’s Surgery at 6.30pm.
You can find out more about the emerging plans on our websites. There will also be answers to a list of ‘frequently asked questions’ available at Number 18 Surgery.
If you have any specific questions, please ask a member of staff or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
From 1 October, to make an appointment or for any queries, please telephone 01225 613100.
Number 18 Surgery shares a belief with the Heart of Bath Medical Partnership that we must make a positive difference for all our patients, and ensure that high-quality services are available for many years to come.
Dr Donna Redman – GP Partner at Number 18 Surgery, and
Dr Arun Gadhok – GP Partner at the Heart of Bath Medical Partnership,
on behalf of all GPs at Number 18 and the Heart of Bath Medical Partnership.
Heart of Bath Medical Partnership, Surgery contact details:
Tel: 01225 613100
Oldfield Surgery, 45 Upper Oldfield Park, Bath BA2 3HT,
St James’s Surgery, 6-9 Northampton Buildings, Bath BA1 2SR
Junction Road Surgery, 8 Junction Road, Oldfield Park, Bath, BA2 3NQ
PLEASE READ THE FOLLOWING Q&A re: the merger:
Merger Frequently asked questions
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