It is with regret that we write to inform you we have contacted Southern Derbyshire Clinical Commissioning Group (SDCCG) to look into closing our branch surgery at Ripley. We will outline our reasons for making this difficult decision below. If you are a regular user of our services at Ripley, or if you have used the premises in the past, you may be wondering how this will affect your care. We hope to address any concerns you may have in this letter.
Why do we feel the time has come to close the branch Surgery at Ripley?
As you may already know from the national press, general practice is experiencing unprecedented demand for services, and this has certainly impacted on the workload of the Practice. This has led the Partners to review the services we offer to our patients and whether these are delivered in the most efficient and effective way. Our priority is to be able to offer a friendly, caring and safe service to all our patients. This review has highlighted the difficulties of continuing to provide a similar service from two sites, and we are also aware that providing continuity of care is harder from two sites. This is important both to you as our patients, and to us.
In addition there are considerable additional running costs of having reception and administration staff, doctors and nurses working from both the branch site at Ripley and the main Practice in Leabrooks. As you know, we have a relatively new building in Leabrooks and, if the opportunity arises, we will look to further develop our skills and services for patients from this site. By consolidating all services to one site in Leabrooks we feel sure there will be opportunities for a better, safer and greater range of services for people registered with Jessop Medical Practice. It will also help ensure the practice is sustainable in the future.
What will happen to patients who use the branch surgery at Ripley?
Jessop Medical Practice will continue to look after all the people registered at our Practice. Our geographical area is not changing and we will continue to provide care for patients who have previously used our services at Ripley, albeit at Leabrooks. There will be no reduction in the number of appointments we offer as a result of this move. We have looked at which patients use the Ripley premises, and can clearly see that most patients who have been seen there have also been seen at Leabrooks, so we are reassured that this change will have minimal impact for most patients.
If patients still wish to be seen in Ripley then they will need to register with one of the Ripley based practices; there are currently two other practices in Ripley.
We want your views
We must be honest and say that we believe it is inevitable that the branch surgery in Ripley will close.
However, before any changes are made we would like to hear your views on what the closure would mean for you. If you have any worries about your continuing healthcare then please let us know. You can complete a short questionnaire where you can express your views, support and/or concerns either online at https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/JessopMedical or you can collect a questionnaire from the Practice at either the Leabrooks or Ripley surgeries.
Dr JM Blyth
Dr S Sandhu
GP Practice Lead – Practice Patient Participation Group (PPG)
Practice Manager/Management Partner and PPG Lead
On behalf of Jessop Medical Practice
Please note that the Practice closes early one afternoon each month for staff training. The next training afternoon is on Wednesday 19th October 2016. If you need to speak to a doctor during this time then you should dial the free NHS telephone number: 111. However, if you have an emergency situation you should dial 999.
At our Carer's Clinics a Care Support Worker can: Complete carers assessments, oranise personal budgets, create emergency plans, look into funding opportunities, arrange home visits, provide one to one support and offer support and advice to carers, offer respite and help for the person being cared for.
The CQC are currently inspecting this practice and will be visiting the surgery on Friday the 21st October 2016. If you wish to leave any feedback for the team please see the display in the waiting room, ask at reception or see the CQC website at www.cqc.org.uk
If you need urgent medical attention when the surgery is closed you should dial 111 which will connect you to the service, free of charge (from landlines or mobiles).
Our Patient Participation Group continues, and new members are always welcome! Please see the PPG pages on the right hand side for further information or the PPG noticeboard in the waiting rooms.
Our next PPG Meeting is to be held on Tuesday 23rd May 2017 at our Greenhill Surgery at 6pm.
Due to relocation our Chair, John Paley, has resigned from the PPG. The Practice would like to express sincere thanks to John for his contribution to the success of the PPG and for all his efforts since the group was formed. We wish him all the best in the future.
We would like to welcome Catherine Mears as the new Chair and Trevor Steed as the new Vice Chair.
Jessop Medical Practice is one of 57 practices that make up the Southern Derbyshire Clinical Commissioning Group. One of our GPs, Dr Mott, is heavily involved in this work. Further information is available here.
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