Last Updated: 09 October 2019
Created: 09 October 2019
It has been announced that Great Western Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is to take on two of the affected practices - Abbey Meads Medical Group and Moredon Medical Centre. It is hoped that the handover process will be completed by November.
Please see below the briefing I have received from Swindon CCG:
Great Western Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust to take on two Swindon GP practices
Great Western Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust will take on the provision of services at two Swindon GP practices which were previously managed by the Integral Medical Holdings Group (IMH).
The Trust is expected to take on the management of Abbey Meads Medical Group and Moredon Medical Centre by the end of November.
Providing GP services from four locations across Swindon, including Moredon Medical Centre, Abbey Meads Medical Practice, Crossroads Surgery and Penhill Surgery, the two practices have a combined list size of more than 30,000 patients.
A decision in principle to support the practices was first made by the Trust at its Board meeting on Thursday 5 September. However, this was subject to further work with Swindon Clinical Commissioning Group, namely that assurance for the right level of support and funding would be in place to enable the programme of improvement work required. Now this work is complete, the Trust is preparing for a smooth transition from the previous provider.
The Trust is best known for its services at the Great Western Hospital; however, the organisation also provides community healthcare in clinics and people’s homes across Swindon, with its community services rated as Good in a recent Care Quality Commission inspection.
Nicki Millin, Director of Strategy and Transformation, Bath and North East Somerset, Swindon and Wiltshire Clinical Commissioning Groups, said: “This is great news and a positive step towards providing the practices and their patients with long-term stability and a foundation on which tangible improvements can start to be made.
“While changes will not happen overnight, our current priority is to ensure there is a smooth handover from the previous provider, and then to support the Trust in making the necessary improvements.”
Kevin McNamara, Acting Chief Executive, Great Western Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, said: “Bringing together GP, community and hospital services, gives us a unique opportunity to provide care which feels well-coordinated and more joined-up for patients and their families.
“This is something only a few places in the country are doing and Swindon now has the chance to be at the forefront of this new approach, all within the NHS family.
“There is a lot of work ahead of us, as we unpick some of the challenges the practices are facing day-to-day, while also building on the things which are working well.
“However, I have met with the staff and I am confident that in time, together we will transform the experience the local communities who rely on these services.”
Existing patients should continue to book and attend appointments as normal.
Of the five practices that had previously been run by IMH, four have now had details of their new providers confirmed: Taw Hill Medical Practice, Eldene Surgery, Abbey Meads Medical Group and Moredon Medical centre.
Westrop Medical Practice has now officially taken over the management of Taw Hill Surgery. It is still very, very early days but I have received very positive feedback. Myself and Cllr Vinay Manro (Priory Vale ward) also recently visited their open day and we were greatly encouraged by their plans and determination.
It has also been announced that from Sunday 1st December Park Lane Practice will be taking over the management of Phoenix Surgery, and further details will be set out in due course.
I fully support the new locally managed services, which will be welcomed by fellow residents. I will work closely with the CCG to make sure we see these much-needed improvements as quickly as possible.
I wanted to say a big thank you again to all of the residents who raised complaints about the surgeries with me – each and every one of you helped to highlight the issues that were going on and further demonstrate that the ongoing service from IMH wasn’t acceptable.