22nd Jan, 2019

Woodrow Medical Centre's patients encouraged to sign up to new GP

Harry Leach 22nd Dec, 2018

WITH Woodrow Medical Centre due to close in two weeks, patients are being encouraged to register with a new GP Practice.

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) took action in March this year to remove the practice’s licence due to ‘patient safety concerns’.

An interim provider was identified at the time to continue to provide services from Woodrow Medical Centre.

NHS Redditch and Bromsgrove Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) tried and failed to secure a permanent clinical provider to continue in the Woodrow area.

After careful consideration, the CCG made the decision to close the practice when the contract comes to an end.

Dr Richard Davies, chairman of NHS Redditch and Bromsgrove CCG, said: “Our priority is to ensure that the care of patients during this interim period is not compromised.

“We would like to assure patients that they can continue to access the full range of services currently being provided at the Woodrow Medical Centre premises until they have registered with another GP practice or until its closure.

“It is important to note that there is growing evidence across the country that GP practices with fewer than 6,000 patients, like Woodrow Medical Centre, are finding it increasingly more difficult to remain sustainable.”

All patients registered at Woodrow Medical Centre have been sent a letter to inform them they must register with a new GP practice before 31 December 2018, along with details about how to do this.

Jane Stanley, director of Healthwatch Worcestershire, said: “We would encourage people who were at Woodrow Medical Practice to tell Healthwatch Worcestershire about their experience of finding another GP practice and of any concerns you might have.”

For more information visit www.healthwatchworcestershire.co.uk or email info@healthwatchworcestershire.co.uk

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