Dear Patients and Stakeholders
We are writing to provide you with some important information about four GP practices, which are part of the Well Up North Primary Care Network.
Cheviot Medical Group, Glendale Surgery, Northumberland Health (which runs Widdrington and Felton Surgeries) and Well Close Medical Group have applied to NHS England to unite the partnerships running their four practices in order to more closely link their administrative and management processes.
As a group of practices, we already work very closely together as part of Well Up North (https://wellupnorth.co.uk) but we are proposing to formalise this relationship by creating a single partnership to oversee the four practices. Our aim is to create a more secure and stable long-term arrangement for the running of our surgeries.
As primary care and general practices evolve in the UK it is becoming increasingly difficult for small surgeries to survive. Our proposed link-up builds on our existing arrangements and will help to ensure we can continue to provide safe and effective care to our patients, families, carers and communities.
The pooling of administrative and management functions will help us concentrate on the care of our patients and it enables the four practices to be more resilient.
We believe this change is in the best interests of all our patients and that together we will be in a stronger position to care for our patients and meet the needs of the communities we serve.
Enclosed is some further information on the changes we are proposing and what the next steps are. We will continue to keep this FAQ document updated on our practices’ websites and in our practices.
If you wish to discuss anything outlined in this letter please do not hesitate to contact the practice manager at any of the four practices involved.
You may also want to contact Healthwatch Northumberland, the statutory independent consumer champion for patients on 03332 408 468 (local call rate) or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you for your ongoing support.
Dr Batley, Dr Warner and Dr Waite
On behalf of the Partners of all 4 Practices involved.