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Hospital steps in to rescue GP practice in town where all lists are closed to patients

An NHS hospital has stepped in to run a struggling GP practice, taking on an interim contract at the eleventh hour as NHS England faced having to shut the doors on New Year’s Eve.

Humber NHS Foundation Trust will take over Field House Surgery in Bridlington, East Yorkshire, on 1 January 2017 for a period of 15 months – until the end of March 2018.

The practice’s uncertain future, Pulse revealed, jeopardised the viability of the town’s five remaining surgeries - who have all closed their lists to new patients - but with the new arrangements NHS England no longer has to disperse the list.

NHS England had failed to find a new provider when it run as an ‘emergency procurement’ last month but has now reassured patients there will be no change to services.

The 7,000 patients at Field House were on the verge of being reallocated after its current provider One Medical Group served notice that it would end its contract on 31 December.

Pulse found that the severe GP shortages facing Bridlington, which contributed to Field House’s situation, also meant the five remaining practices serving the town's 35,000 registered patients had been forced to close their lists.

Practices warned that they had been fearful of a ‘domino effect’ if a provider had not been found to take on the surgery.

And local GP leaders said that Bridlington, a coastal town with a large number of seasonal visitors, and above average levels of deprivation and frail elderly, could well be the first town in the UK where general practice ‘goes under’.

Heather Marsh, head of primary care co-commissioning at NHS England (North Yorkshire and the Humber) said: ‘We are now pleased to confirm that Humber NHS Foundation Trust will be taking over the contract to deliver GP services at the Field House Surgery premises. The premises are therefore staying open.

‘We would like to reassure patients that there will be no change to the GP services provided at the surgery because of the change of service provider.

‘We are writing to patients registered at the practice to provide them with more information and we want to encourage all patients to continue to attend Field House Surgery as normal.’

Pulse has revealed thousands of patients are set to lose their practice in the run up to Christmas as workforce pressures continue to bite.

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  • Mr Mephisto

    Could this be the answer for Portadown?

    Could Craigavon Area Hospital take over the running of Bannview Medical Practice and avoid "Portexit"?

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  • Er, who's going to be working in the practice? Are they sending out consultants?????

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  • @ 3:14

    Exactly my thoughts!

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  • 3:18- this will be hilarious..... when there happens to be surgical, gynaecological, paediatric, dermatological, orthopaedic issues etc all in the one morning..... can you imagine how many referrals to colleagues this will generate :-)

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  • Not just Northern Ireland eh!

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  • Add the locum bill to the Hospital tab and wait for bail out.

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  • Might be a model for the future. Bipass MRCGP and have staff grades, experienced SHOs, A+E types etc rotate through hospital run practices that work like outpatients with a multidisciplinary team for back-up. Would probably have similar costs to A+E though...

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  • 4:11pm - so true,

    there will be no problem NHS England paying the locum bill through secondary care funding (drop in the ocean).

    no chance of putting funding through primary care contracts.

    because... hospitals always were the shining example of efficiency. Dementia makes me forget we, until recently, had one of the best, most cost efficient, most effective primary health care systems in the world.

    so sad, so really sad.

    anyway, no time to cry - need to get busy planning my tariff spreadsheet like the NI GPs...

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  • maybe it would be better if the disastrous NHSE and this catastrophically incompetent utterly out of touch delusional wrecker corrupt misgovernment actually SUPPORTED primary care rather than desperately trying to plug holes in the tanker it has holed under the waterline with its torpedoes of absolute and utterly criminally insane mismanagment of the nhs.
    ps where the hell is the BMA RCGP?
    this sick and perverted government must GO!
    I can only hope that when the electorate wakes up there will be a severe reckoning with hunt stevens and his ilk .

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  • stevens/hunt..please resign.
    do it..NOW.

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