Scarborough's Prospect Road GP surgery is set to be closed permanently by owners Central Healthcare

A Scarborough GP practice could shut for good.

Wednesday, 23rd September 2020, 4:01 pm
Updated Wednesday, 23rd September 2020, 4:02 pm

The area’s Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) has been asked to approve the closure of Central Healthcare’s Prospect Road branch.

Central Healthcare is calling for the closure, saying the building does not meet infection control or safety standards.

A decision will be made at a meeting of the Primary Care Commissioning Committee on Thursday (September 24).

Prospect Road surgery

Central Healthcare was rated “Inadequate” by healthcare watchdog the CQC earlier this year, identifying four breaches of regulations.

The practice, based at Lawrence House Medical Centre, is working to make the improvements required by the CQC and is hoping to improve its rating.

Senior GP Partner at Central Healthcare Dr Omnia Hefni said: “Following our CQC report earlier this year, we have had to recognise the urgent need to change direction, particularly due to the poor condition of this site.

Prospect Road surgery

“We know this decision will cause some concern and we would like to reassure patients that we are committed to providing them with the safest and best care possible.

“Patient safety is our absolute priority and regrettably we cannot maintain this from our Prospect Road surgery.

“Any patient who previously visited our Prospect Road surgery can now visit Lawrence House Medical Centre off Falsgrave Road and we also have some clinics operating from our Peasholm surgery on Tennyson Avenue; both surgeries are less than a mile from Prospect Road

“Our doors are now open for face to face consultations, if appropriate, and we are welcoming patients into the practice for their appointments.

“All three doctors who previously worked from Prospect Road Surgery, are now working from our Lawrence House site and are pleased with their new consultation environment.

“Over the coming weeks we will be talking to all our patients to get their view on our exciting improvement plans for the future.”

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