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IMPORTANT INFORMATION - update 11/07/2018

Dear Patient,

 

We are writing with an update on the closure of the practice, merger plans with the Heart of Bath Medical Partnership and news about two of the partners, Dr Charlie Berrisford and Dr Linda McHugh.

 

As you may know Number 18 is to merge with the Heart of Bath Medical Partnership, on the 1st October 2018, which is located at Oldfield Surgery, St James’s Surgery and Junction Road.  The transfer of patients is being carefully planned to make the process as smooth as possible for everyone.  Recent progress includes work beginning on five additional new consultation rooms at Oldfield Surgery, the opening of a same day care centre in July and a joint meeting of the Number 18, Oldfield and St James’s Surgeries Patient Participation Groups (PPGs) to discuss the merger and working together for the benefit of patients.

 

All our staff will be moving across to the Heart of Bath Medical Partnership with two important exceptions.

 

Dr Charlie Berrisford and Dr Linda McHugh will not be transferring to work in the Heart of Bath Medical Partnership this October 2018.

 

Please see the statement from Dr Berrisford below:

 

I’ve been very lucky to have been part of the team at Number 18 for the last 24 years, but I now feel this is the right time for me to make some changes and start on a new career path.   I have been offered a role as a salaried GP with a practice in Wiltshire and will begin working with them in October.  

I will be staying at Number 18 until the end of September to help with the smooth transition to Heart of Bath Medical Partnership. I will of course be very sorry to leave but I am very confident that our patients will receive excellent care.

Very best wishes, Charlie Berrisford

 

Today (11/07/2018) we have been informed that Dr Linda McHugh will not be transferring to the Heart of Bath Medical partnership on the 1st October 2018.  Please see her statement below:

I’ve enjoyed being part of the team at Number 18 for the last 25 years.  I am not quite ready to retire yet, but I would like to take this opportunity to reduce my working hours.  At the moment I am unsure what I will do or where I will be working, but I will not be transferring to the Heart of Bath Medical partnership at the beginning of October.  The rest of the younger  GP team will be transferring, Dr Mill, Dr Redman, Dr Penhale and Dr Argyle. I too will be staying at Number 18 until the end of September to help with the smooth transition to the Heart of Bath Medical Partnership. I am very sorry to leave, but will be leaving my patients in very capable hands.” Best wishes, Linda McHugh

 

Thank you to all Number 18 patients for your continued support and understanding as we go through this period of change.

 

If you have any queries or questions about this letter or anything relating to the planned merger with Heart of Bath, please speak to or email Helen Harris the Practice Manager on bsccg.no18@nhs.net.

 

Please be reminded that you do not need to re-register with Heart of Bath when Number 18 closes. All of our patients will automatically transfer across.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

GP Partners and staff at Number 18 surgery.

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