Surgery Merger Proposal
Mendip Vale Medical Practice and Riverbank Medical Centre are delighted to announce that work is being undertaken to look at a potential merger.
Why are we looking at merging?
The demands and pressures on GP practices are continuing to increase, and we are reviewing how we best adapt to meet the needs of our patients. Working together as a larger group will put us in a more sustainable position to deliver safe and effective care.
The surgeries have a shared belief in making a continued positive difference for patients, and feel it is the right time to combine efforts and build upon the successes to date. There is a common goal in wanting to provide the best possible service for our patients and ensuring their healthcare needs are met.
What are the benefits?
More choice for our patients - We want to be able to offer the choice of which surgery patients are seen at. This will make it easier for patients to select an appointment time and location that is the most convenient.
More services for our patients - Both surgeries offer a wide range of additional services, including ECG’s, stop smoking clinics and more - which are available to all our patients. In addition, Mendip vale offer a nurse led coil fitting service and have Clinical Pharmacists, which following the merger will be available to all our patients.
More GPs and Nurses skills will be available to all our collective patients - Our GP and Nursing teams have specialist interests and additional skills, working together will again enable us to offer a wider service to all our patients. Having larger multi-disciplinary teams (groups of staff from several different professional backgrounds who have different areas of expertise) will help us provide services that are robust and sustainable for our patients.
What happens now?
It is business as usual for our patients. All our patients from both surgeries will continue to access our services in exactly the same way as they do now. You will continue to ring the same telephone numbers, see and speak to the same receptionists, GPs and Nursing staff, and attend the same practice that you have always attended. Nothing will change.
Over the coming months we will be identifying areas across both surgeries that could be improved to benefit our patients. There will be regular updates, and we will let you know if and when changes may be made. We will be actively working with our practice patient groups to help support these changes to ensure they meet the needs of all our patients.
PROPOSED SITE LAYOUT - New Build
We are continuing to work on developing our new surgery serving Yatton and Congresbury, the site at Smallway is having surveys undertaken currently.
Below is the latest proposed site layout
New Site Layout Dec 2016
CONSULTATION MEETING 5TH OCTOBER 2016
Thank you again to all the patients that came to our third consultation event at the Pudding Pie Lane Surgery. It was great to be able to show our patients the facilities and help get really good feedback into how we design and layout the new surgery in Smallway.
We are progressing the development on the site and will look to give regular updates on the progress.
Below is a copy of the feedback form, which you can email, post or drop into us.
PRESENTATION FROM CONSULTATION MEETING 7TH SEPTEMBER 2016
Thank you to all the patients that attended our second consultation at the Churchill theatre on 7th September 2016. Below is the full presentation which includes the scoring matrix against the site options.
HANDOUT FROM CONSULTATION MEETING 11TH AUGUST 2016
Thank you to all the patients that attended the first consultation meeting on 11th August 2016 at Hangstones Pavillion. Below are the site options from the handout given at the meeting.
Sites 1 2 3 5 7 and 8
Site 6 and 9
There are three consultation meetings planned for the proposed new practice for Congresbury and Yatton. Please join us and feedback how we can make this a sustainable solution.
11th August - Hangstones Pavillion, Yatton 19:30 The case for change - why we need to change
7th September - Churchill Lecture theatre, Langford Vet School, 19:30 The proposed site and facilities - what are we going to do
5th October - Pudding Pie Lane Surgery, Langford 18:30 The design and services - access to the site
We are pleased to take over the running of St Georges Medical Practice from 1 October 2016, following a formal re-procurement process to ensure a sustainable future for the practice before the current GP service contract ends on 30 September 2016.
We believe that with St Georges becoming one of five branch surgeries in our group there will be increased patient choice over which site to access services from and increased access to a wider range of services; whilst providing greater resilience by being linked to a larger practice.
The Surgery is reviewing its premises to ensure that we can continue to deliver safe, high quality healthcare to all of our 25,000 patients. Locally and nationally there are major challenges to meet the demand for services within the available resources. We have modern, purpose built premises at Langford and St Georges that provide our patients and staff with excellent facilities, supporting the growing clinical needs, the increasing medical staffing and additional services offered.
We are constantly looking to adopt innovative ways of working to improve the healthcare provision across our sites. Having reviewed this, we have found that our Congresbury and Yatton premises are not sufficient in terms of the facilities. Our proposal is to build a new practice, incorporating the services from Congresbury and Yatton.
There will be ongoing consultation events in August, September and October 2016 to look at how we can best facilitate our patients and service needs for the future. We have a number of sites to review, looking to see how suitability, affordability and patient feedback can inform us on how best to proceed.