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Church Street Health Centre Somersham – closure announcement

As some of our patients are aware, Dr Liu who currently holds a contract to deliver GP services for Church Street Health Centre, recently gave notice to terminate his contract so that he can begin his planned retirement from the end of September 2020. This unfortunately will result in the closure of Church Street Health Centre.

We are now working alongside Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and NHS England and NHS Improvement (NHSEI) who have made the decision to arrange for the patients of Church Street Health Centre to transfer to other local GP practices when the surgery closes.

Dr Lui and the practice team would like to reassure patients that they are committed to ensuring all patients have access to high quality GP care in the future and will help to provide a smooth transfer for patients as they move to their new GP practice.

At this stage patients do not need to take any further action. All patients will shortly receive a letter that will outline the process in which the CCG and NHSEI will be allocating patients to a new GP practice based on your postcode and the proximity to your new GP practice.

In early August, all patients will then receive a further letter to confirm which practice you have been allocated and further details of your transfer.

From now until September though you will continue to receive GP services from Church Street Health Centre in the same way as you do now. However, due to Covid-19 and implications on current staffing we are unable to operate some of the services at our branch sites in Earith and Bluntisham as follows:

  • Medication pick up will no longer be available from branch sites from 26 June 2020
  • Nurse clinics will no longer run at Earith from 1 July 2020
  • Nurse clinics will no longer run at Bluntisham from 20 August 2020

All of the above services will continue to be available at our main Church Street site.

We appreciate patients may have some concerns regarding the closure and we aim to address these through a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) section that we will publish on this website shortly.

In addition we are planning to host a meeting to give patients the opportunity to further discuss any issues or concerns they may have. Unfortunately, due to Covid-19 restrictions we are unable to host a face to face public meeting so are setting up an online virtual meeting via Skype. The first event will be held on Wednesday 15 July at 16:00-17:30 and will be led by Healthwatch. Details of how to access this meeting will be shared in due course.

Dr Lui would also like to share the following message with our patients:

“Over the past 3 years I have taken steps to find a successor to take over Church Street Health Centre, however I have not been able to find any GP willing to join me in partnership, so I have made the difficult decision to retire.

During the time spent in Somersham, Bluntisham, Earith and the surrounding villages I have built up excellent relationships with my patients, who I am very sad to leave.

“I would like to thank everyone who has supported us and would like to reassure you that the NHS will still be there to provide you with an excellent service. I would also like to take this opportunity on your behalf to thank my staff for all their help and support.”

As part of our Practice's contract with the NHS, every patient has to be informed as to who their named GP is.  However, please be aware that this does not necessarily mean you will always see that particular GP as it will be dependent on appointment availability.

 

Closure of Church Street Health Centre – FAQs

Latest FAQs for patients below. These will continue to be updated over the coming months.

 

  • Q1: What’s happening?

Dr Liu who currently holds a contract to deliver GP services from your GP surgery, recently gave notice to terminate his contract so that he can begin his planned retirement from the end of September 2020. This will result in the closure of Church Street Health Centre.

 

This means that Church Street Health Centre in Somersham and both branch sites in Earith and Bluntisham will permanently close on 30 September 2020. 

 

From now until September all patients will continue to receive GP services from Church Street Health Centre.  However, due to Covid-19 and implications on current staffing we are unable to operate some of the services available at our branch sites in Earith and Bluntisham as follows:

 

    • Medication pick up will no longer be available from branch sites from 26 June 2020
    • Nurse clinics will no longer run at Earith from 1 July 2020
    • Nurse clinics will no longer run at Bluntisham from 20 August 2020
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All of the above services will continue to be available at our main Church Street site.

 

  • Q2: Why can’t another GP provide services from the Church Street, Earith and Bluntisham? 

    • Unfortunately this option is not viable and services can no longer operate from these sites.
  • Q3: Will I have to change my GP practice and how do I find an alternative? 

    • Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), supported by NHS England and NHS Improvement (NHSEI), have made the decision to arrange for the patients of Church Street Health Centre (your GP practice) to transfer to other GP practices when the surgery closes.
  • Q4: How and when will I be allocated my new GP practice 

    • You will receive two letters over the coming months. The first will give more detail on the process of how your new GP practice will be allocated. At the beginning of August, you will receive a second letter that will give you all of the details of the GP practice you will be allocated to. You do not need to take any action at this point.
  • Q5: Will all the members of my family be allocated the same GP practice? 

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    • Allocations will be done on your postcode that is on file at Church St Health Centre. Providing all members of your family live at the same postcode address you will be allocated to the same GP practice.
  • Q6: Will I have to go into the practice to register? 

    • During the current COVID-19 pandemic most GP practices are working remotely as much as possible. With telephone or video calling appointments as much as they can. In order to keep you and your family safe you will not need to attend your allocated GP practice for registration during this time. Your records will be moved and your routine medications will continue without you needing to visit your new GP practice. You may be asked to make a telephone appointment to ensure that all of your details are up to date and correct.
  • Q7: Can I register with a GP practice of my choice?However, if you are not happy with your allocation, for whatever reason, then you can choose to register at a practice of your choice. You will need to speak to that practice to ensure that you live within the practice boundaries. These practice boundaries ensure that patients can receive home visits when they are necessary. You have the choice to move GP practices at any time.

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    • You will be automatically allocated a new GP practice that is nearest to your home by postcode. You do not need to take any action for that to happen.
  • Q8: My medication is currently delivered to me by the practice. Will this continue with the practice I am allocated to?  

    • It may not be possible for your new practice to dispense and deliver your prescriptions. See Q9 for further information. If you are a Shielded patient, then your new Community Pharmacy or dispensing Doctor, will arrange delivery of your medicine. If you are not in a COVID-19 shielded group, then please discuss if delivery is possible with your chosen Community Pharmacy or where available your dispensing doctor.
    • Your repeat prescriptions will transfer onto the system at your new practice, who will then be responsible for issuing any new prescriptions you request. Your new practice will review the medicines you are taking before authorising any repeat prescriptions.
  • Q9: Will my new practice be able to dispense my repeat prescriptions?

Unfortunately, your new practice may not be able to continue to dispense your prescriptions for you, even if they have a dispensary. Generally, a dispensing doctor can only dispense to patients who live more than 1 mile away from a Community Pharmacy, unless there is already and agreement in place which allows a Community Pharmacy and Dispensing doctors to be located in the same village, as has been the case in Somersham over the last few years. Dispensing Doctors can also only dispense to a particular area or location.

You will be able to specify which Community Pharmacy you would like to send your prescriptions to in future or alternatively you can still collect a paper copy and take to a Pharmacy of your choice in person if you would prefer.

Please contact your new Doctor’s surgery to discuss your options and confirm arrangements for your repeat prescriptions going forward.

 

  • Q10: Who can I speak to if I have any queries regarding the process or GP practice I am allocated?If you have any queries regarding the allocation of your new GP practice, please contact: capccg.primarycare@nhs.net

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  • Q11 - Somersham is set to grow by about 30% over the next 10 years and viewed through a purely Somersham lens local GP provision appears to be reducing at the same time. What reassurance can you give that provision can still increase as patient numbers increase?

There is a national shortage of GPs coming through into the profession which is having a significant impact on Primary Care. This is being addressed nationally through the GP Forward View and Five Year Long Term plan that provides significant investment to support primary care to remain sustainable through a number of innovative solutions.

In the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough area we have a number of significant growth sites  that we are planning for to ensure existing and new residents to the area have access to General Medical Services both now and in the future. The only way we can achieve this given the above it to work with primary care to identify and adopt new and innovative ways of working to ensure they can meet the needs of their patients. This includes:

  • the use of technology, which has increased through the response to COVID-19 supporting virtual ways of working more efficiently
  • the recruitment of a more diverse workforce such as Clinical Pharmacist, Social prescribers that deliver the same services that may have been previously delivered via a GP
  • new models of care, - sharing workforce across practices as part of Primary Care Networks as practices transition towards wider integration with other health and social care services.

 

Some practices are choosing to merge their contracts and become a single contract provider that enables them to pool their resource across wider geographies enabling them to survive and thrive, and we have seen this happen already in Somersham with Riverport Medical practice.

New large developments typically come with investment and as part of the strategic planning for health we will assess the impact on current local providers and assess what if any additional capacity may be needed to support the additional growth from these sites. This has to link with the ambitions above so that we can develop a future proof plan that is sustainable, given the workforce challenges and taking account of the integration agenda and new ways of working.

Rest assured we are always consulted on these new developments so we can put forward mitigations for health and we will be working with system partners to develop our plans to support these development sites over the next 12 months.

 

  • Q12: Who should I contact for further support? If you have any queries regarding the allocation of your new GP practice, please contact: capccg.primarycare@nhs.net.  

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Alternatively, you can contact your local Healthwatch Team on 0330 355 1285 between the hours of 09:00 – 16:00 Monday to Thursday and 09:00 - 15:30 on Friday. Healthwatch is an independent organisation that supports people to have a say when decisions are made about their healthcare services. You can find more information on their website: https://www.healthwatchcambridgeshire.co.uk/.

Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), supported by NHS England and NHS Improvement (NHSEI) and Healthwatch will host a number of public engagement events for local residents to answer questions about the transfer of primary care services. The first event is scheduled on 15 July 16:00-17:30 and will take place virtually on Skype due to restrictions which had been put in place during the pandemic. Further details and an invitation to join will be publicised on the Church Street Health Centre website in the next few weeks.

 

  • Local GP Practices

Name of GP Practice

Practice Address

Riverport

www.riverportmedicalpractice.co.uk/

 

 

 

Orchard Site, Constable Road, St Ives, Cambridgeshire, PE27 3ER 

Parkhall Site, 2c Parkhall Road, Somersham, Cambridgeshire, PE28 3EU

Fenstanton Site, 7e High street, Fenstanton, Cambridgeshire, PE28 9LQ 

Moat House

www.moathousesurgery.co.uk/

Beech Close Warboys Huntingdon Cambridgeshire, PE28 2RQ

Grove Medical

 www.grovemedicalpractice-stives.nhs.uk/

Grove Medical Practice St Ives Cambs PE27 5JD

Spinney

www.spinney-surgery.org.uk/

Ramsey Road, St. Ives, Cambridgeshire, PE27 3TP

 

 

 



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