Patients urged to have their say on practice merger proposal

Two Shires Medical Practice and Kibworth Medical Centre are urging patients to have their say on the practices’ proposal to merge the two practices into one practice.

The 90-day consultation began on Wednesday 18 July and will end on Monday 15 October. The practices are encouraging as many patients as possible to provide their feedback by taking part in a short survey. Stakeholders and members of the public are also invited to participate.

Meeting the changing needs of patients and providing more choice in the health services they receive is a key driver for the proposal. An increase in the elderly population, growth in long-term conditions and the need to ease pressure away from hospitals by providing more care in communities means general practice has to expand and change. In future the practices may also undertake a review of its sites which could mean proposing to extend or close current sites. Patients would be consulted first.

The aim of the proposed merger is to improve the overall range and quality of services to all patients by providing better access to services including clinical staff, increasing GP availability and continuity of care for patients.

Dr Russell Hardman, Senior Partner at Two Shires Medical Practice said: “A merger would be a very positive step for our patients and both practices. Collaborative working would not only ensure our sustainability for the future but also allow us to develop and improve the primary care services that we are able to offer to our patients.

“Patients are invited to find out more and let us know what they think by attending one of our drop-in sessions, so that they are properly informed before taking part in the survey.”

Dr Naz Choudhury, Senior Partner at Kibworth Medical Centre added: “We would like as many patients as possible to take part in the consultation before any decisions are made. Although we believe that a merger would have many benefits for patients, we are equally interested to hear whether people have any other suggestions or issues that they would like us to consider.

“A merger would dramatically increase choice for patients, including who they see, the location at which they choose to be seen and extended hours to be treated. If the proposal goes ahead, it would mean more varied expertise and additional services for our patients.”

Once the consultation has come to an end, the feedback will be analysed externally before being presented to East Leicestershire and Rutland Clinical Commissioning Group’s Primary Care Commissioning Committee (PCCC). The PCCC will consider the feedback and make a decision.

The practices are holding a number of drop-in events for patients to find out more. The survey can be completed here. More details can be found on the practices’ websites, Kibworth Medical Centre and Two Shires Medical Practice.