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Practice to open on supermarket site following nearby closure

A CCG has approved the opening of a practice on the site of a Morrisons supermarket, following the closure of a nearby practice servicing 7,000 patients in West Sussex.

NHS Coastal West Sussex CCG said it had agreed with the supermarket chain to open a practice at one of their sites in Littlehampton, with two practices expressing an interest in using the premises.

It follows the closure of the Arun Medical Group gave its notice to NHS Coastal West Sussex CCG in May, with one site closing on 30 May and the other due to close on 31 October.

Pulse has already reported that nearby practices have been forced to re-open their practice lists, which were temporarily closed to new patients, to absorb over 7,000 patients.

But the CCG has now said it has secured medical facilities in a Morrisons supermarket to help with patient demand.

Morrisons has had to agree to build community premises to get planning persmission for the new superstore. A new housing development adjacent to the superstore has increased the need for a GP practice in the area.

Sarah Henley, head of primary care at the CCG, said: ‘It is a difficult time for general practice in Arun and we are working very closely with the existing practices in Littlehampton and surrounding area to ensure they have the support and mechanisms in place to take on the additional patients from Arun Medical Group.

‘GP practices in Arun have temporarily closed their lists but I can confirm that practices... have agreed to open them.’

The CCG has agreed with Morrisons to open a medical facility on their site and has planning approval from Arun.

Ms Henly told Pulse: 'I can confirm that we have agreed to take the business case for the Morrisons site forward. There are two GP Practices who have expressed an interest in utilising the Morrisons site if it is given the green light.'

The partners at Arun Medical Group said: ‘We are extremely saddened and sorry that the practice has to close. It was a difficult decision for the partners to make and we truly wished we’d been able to find a way to stay open.

‘Like many GP practices all over the UK we have struggled to recruit new GPs and with the increase in demand for GP services in Littlehampton we just don’t have enough doctors to safely provide the high level of quality care patients are used to.'

Readers' comments (6)

  • 50p off for quick sale doughnuts and baps at the receptionists counter, then

    And...how about those warning signs "Be patient new cashier being trained" on Registrar door

    Cant wait for the Copperfield take on it

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  • Vinci Ho

    The situation is much too stronger than human beings. Nobody likes choosing the last resort .
    By simply altering the name Littlehampton to yours,this statement represents the true voice of all of us(GPs):

    ‘Like many GP practices all over the UK we have struggled to recruit new GPs and with the increase in demand for GP services in Littlehampton we just don’t have enough doctors to safely provide the high level of quality care patients are used to.'

    Like I quoted Julian Tudor Hart's brilliant article in BMJ last week(7/9/2016), the government is transferring the responsibility of the collapse of NHS to medical professionals .
    For those who still said ,'crisis , what crisis ?' , read this statement again and stick it up on your wall .

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  • Vinci Ho

    http://blogs.bmj.com/bmj/2016/09/07/julian-tudor-hart-government-healthcare-professionals-and-the-peoples-nhs-time-for-a-new-hypothesis/

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  • Moving to Morrisons solves nothing. Primary care is desperately short of doctors - not premises. Surgeries are closing because we don't have enough docs.

    The logistical overhead of running on multiple sites (a practice's home base + a branch surgery in a supermarket) will, in the end, worsen matters rather than improve them.

    Additionally - as the commentators above suggest - shoving GPs between the veg and the freezers won't help our image related recruitment problems.

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  • Cobblers

    Says it all really....Morrisons. Time was when a GP would not be seen dead other than in Waitrose.

    Our descent to Blue collar worker is well on its way. Missed Sainsburys and Tescos I note but still got Asda and Aldi to go.

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  • So the supermarket is forced by planners to build community facilities in order to get permission for its new store. So the business case for them building the premises has nothing to do with healthcare and everything to do with selling ready meals, booze, fags and all else you can get in a supermarket.

    Fortunately 2 practices have 'expressed an interest' in using the facilities so they do not have a guaranteed tenant and plenty of time for it to fall through.

    And you are meant to believe the problems are solved?

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