Consultation with Patients regarding the proposed merger of St Mary’s Medical Centre, Sheepmarket Surgery and The Little Surgery, Stamford
As a patient at Lakeside Healthcare at St Mary’s Medical Centre, we would like to advise that we are starting a formal consultation about the possibility of merging our patient list with Sheepmarket Surgery and The Little Surgery to create one practice. The merged practice would operate from St Mary’s Medical Centre and Sheepmarket Surgery. The Little Surgery will close and its patients will have the choice of these two sites to receive their care.
The reasons why we would like to merge our patient lists are as follows: In July 2016, our Practices became part of Lakeside Healthcare. Lakeside Healthcare also operates surgeries in Corby, Kettering and Oundle and together we cover a combined population of just over 100,000 patients. Since July we have been working closely together and identifying ways to deliver new and innovative services for our 32,000 patients in Stamford. Currently, our Stamford patients are not able to take advantage of the wider range of services that we could offer within the town or the wider range of clinicians available at each Stamford site while our patient lists remain separate.
The aims of our merger are therefore to:-
Improve the range and quality of services available to all our Stamford patients through primary care services built around the needs of our population.
Improve patient choice while retaining the ability for you to see your own GP or the same member of our clinical team.
Improve access to healthcare services and to offer extended opening hours that support the needs of our patients.
Offer more tailored care to patients with long-term medical conditions.
Offer a new same day service for patients with more urgent medical needs and an improved home visiting service.
Support new ways of working within the NHS such as the GP Five Year Forward plan and local Sustainability and Transformation Plans.
Next Steps – we would like to hear your views
The formal stage of the consultation process to hear your views will start on 1 February 2017 and will last for 90 days. The consultation process will finish on 1 May 2017.
We have written to every household with patients currently registered with St Mary’s Medical Centre, Sheepmarket Surgery and The Little Surgery to ask their views by completing a short survey. Your feedback in this survey will be used to help us make a decision and to ensure that we provide a service that meets your needs.
We really would encourage all of our patients to let us know their views on the proposed merger of our practices. The merger would see a number of advantages for our patients including access to a wider range of healthcare professionals, extended opening hours and care closer to home. This is an exciting time for the development of healthcare in the Stamford area and this merger would allow us to develop the already high quality care that we provide for our patients.”
Dr Miles Langdon, Partner at St Mary’s Medical Centre, Stamford
There are several ways you can provide your feedback:-
By completing a paper copy of the survey at the Practice. There is a designated box in each Practice for you to place your completed survey.
By attending one of the information events that we will be hosting over the next few weeks where you can speak to a member of staff about the proposed changes and what they might mean for you. Details of our information events are listed below;
24th February 2017
Stamford Methodist Church
28th February 2017
11 Barn Hill, Stamford
1st March 2017
Lincolnshire, England, PE9 2AE
We have also attached a Frequently Asked Questions sheet which may provide some answers about the proposed changes that you might have. Further copies will be available from each Practice waiting room and our Practice websites and the question sheets will be updated with further responses as we progress through the consultation period.
The closing date for feedback is 1 May 2017 and we look forward to hearing your views.
Dr Fitt, Dr Hall, Dr Langdon, Dr Eames, Dr Petrie, Dr Dronfield and Dr Banner