Smallbrook Surgery in Warminster will close its doors for the final time on Friday 15 September 2017.
The NHS Wiltshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) said that patients were advised of the decision in June 2017 and had three months to register with an alternative local practice. Smallbrook Surgery wrote to patients to inform them of their requirement to re-register, set up a dedicated helpline and ran open sessions to support them with the re-registering process.
Mark Dickson, Practice Manager at Smallbrook Surgery, said: “It’s been our priority over the last few months to ensure we provide the necessary support for our patients as they re-register with an alternative practice, at the same time as ensuring their health needs continue to be met.”
All patients could choose to register with the White Horse Health Centre in Westbury, or The Avenue Surgery in Warminster.
Dr Richard Edwards, GP at the White Horse Health Centre, said: “We have been treating many of the Smallbrook patients since March 2017 when the Surgery started running a reduced service and welcome them to formally register with our Practice.”
Dr Caroline Wingfield, GP at The Avenue, said: “We have recruited new GPs to our Practice, which means we can confidently provide a resilient service for local people and are well placed to take on new patients.”
Patients who have not re-registered will be automatically transferred to the White Horse Health Centre from 14 September 2017.
Dr Peter Jenkins, Wiltshire Clinical Commissioning Group Chair confirmed: “We recognise the national challenges currently felt within primary care and fully support Smallbrook Medical Practice with their closure. We are confident that with both the White Horse Health Centre and The Avenue being able to take on new registrations, local patients will continue to receive a full service.”
Increased demands on primary care and the national shortage of GPs have recently impacted Wiltshire. For Smallbrook Surgery, the loss of two GPs and one to maternity leave has meant increased pressure and challenges on the Practice to continue delivering a full service to meet the demands of local patients.