New team steps in to run doctors’ surgery after GPs leave practice
Published on: 12 Jan 2016
by Rebecca Day
A new management team has been appointed to run Northville Family Practice in Filton.
The news has come following uncertainty over the surgery’s future, when its management team announced at the end of last year that they were resigning.
BrisDoc Healthcare Services will now take over the running of the practice for the next two years, from January 15.
It is confirmed that the three current partners, Dr Amanda Ramshaw, Dr Donna Dickens and Dr Grace Dalley, will be leaving the practice, but many of its staff will remain.
BrisDoc, a local general practitioner organisation which runs out-of-hours services, extended opening hours, and a walk-in service, was appointed by NHS England from a pool of bidders.
It has been operating for 15 years across South Gloucestershire, Bristol, and North Somerset, and employs more than 300 staff.
BrisDoc is now recruiting a team of new GPs, and plans to run a series of open evenings at the surgery in the new year so that patients can meet the new team.
Filton councillor Ian Scott has welcomed the NHS’s decision to consult with patients about its plans for the surgery.
He said: “I was concerned that the underlying concerns of the departing GPs need to be addressed if patients’ confidence is to return because they get used to seeing the same doctors and will find this very unsettling.
“I welcome the NHS decision to plan wider local engagement with the community on long-term plans.”
NHS England says that it is aware of the growing demand for services in Filton, particularly with thousands of new homes being planned for the area, and will work with the local community to plan for the future.
NHS England South West medical contract manager, Caroline Stead, said: “We are pleased to have an organisation with such a strong track record taking over at Northville and we are confident that patients will continue to get the same high quality services they are used to.
“We are now looking forward to talking to local people about how best to provide services to the population in the future.”
Dr Nigel Taylor, from BrisDoc, said: “We are pleased to have the opportunity run the GP medical services at the Northville Family Practice.
We want the local community to benefit from a quality service staff and will be working with NHS England to continue the existing practice providing for the needs of the local people.”