Northville GP set for closure in September

July 31 2019
Northville GP set for closure in September

Filton will have just one GP surgery from September after confirmation that the Northville Family Practice (NFP) will close next month.

Filton will have just one GP surgery from September after confirmation that the Northville Family Practice (NFP) will close next month.
Angry patients say this will leave them struggling to travel to a new GP - Conygre, Monks Park and Horfield Medical Centre are the likely options - and they fear that extra capacity in the new surgeries willl make appointments even harder to secure.
NFP on Filton Avenue has been run by health provider Brisdoc since 2016 but Fitonvoice understands the patient numbers of 5,000 mean it is no longer financially viable.
The Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), which runs GP services, has told Filtonvoice extra staff will be taken on at the alternative surgeries to cope with the increased patient numbers.
A petition has been launched by Cllr Adam Monk aimed at sparking a debate in South Glos Council to review the decision.
Campaigners have also been collecting signatures on paper petitions.
The online version can be found at www.change.org/p/south-glos-health-scrutiny-to-keep-northville-family-practice-open
Residents who gathered outside the practice to protest said they were worried about the consequences of closure.
Maurice Stephens, 91, of Third Ave, has been a patient at the surgery since 1939.
He said: "It is very sad. I have been offered Monks PArk but it will be difficult for me as I can't drive.
This will affect a lot of people. We can only protest and hope we can save this doctors' surgery."
A spokesperson for Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) said: “As local primary care commissioners, our first priority is to ensure that patients continue to have access to high-quality, sustainable GP services. We have worked closely with the surrounding practices to ensure there is capacity available for patients from Northville to register with them.
"We would like to assure local people that all local practices have confirmed their capacity to take on new patients and these practices will be increasing their workforce to ensure patients have access to a GP, without putting undue pressure on the existing GPs. New practices have been suggested to patients based on consideration of their personal circumstances including home location as well as other criteria such as their need to use public transport.
"Travel impact assessments identified that 19% of patients registered at the surgery would have to travel an additional 10 minutes or more on foot and we have suggested the most appropriate alternative practices for these people.
"We will ensure that those who may find travelling this distance difficult are adequately supported.”
A spokesperson for Brisdoc said: "The CCG has sought the views of patients, staff and local providers on a number of potential options for future provision, including offering a new contract for the supply of services at the practice, or closing the practice and asking patients to re-register at a neighbouring practice.
"It was decided that patients should be supported to re-register at a neighbouring practice and as a result of this the Northville Family Practice will close on 30 September. There is capacity for all patients in the current practice to register with others and no patient will be without a GP."
The CCG is holding a drop-in sessions at Filton Leisure Centre on Tuesday, August 6 - 2-3:30pm.
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richard@filtonvoice.co.uk