GP surgeries launch consultation with patients over merger plans

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A public consultation into the proposed merger of two Scarborough GP surgeries is set to get under way tomorrow.

Norwood House Surgery and Trafalgar Medical Practice are planning to merge to form Brook Square Surgery on May 1.

Bosses are proposing to close Norwood House and relocate to Trafalgar Medical Practice’s building, Trafalgar House, in Trafalgar Street West.

The merger would bring together doctors from both practices into one team of ten, making it the largest team of established GPs within Scarborough and the surrounding area.

Representatives from both surgeries say there are two main reasons for the proposal: to increase the range and quality of services and to be able to see patients in a modern, purpose-built building.

Dr Lesley Barron, senior partner at Norwood House Surgery, said: “For some time Norwood House Surgery have been looking to relocate to better premises and moving to Trafalgar House will mean we can see all of our patients in modern premises that are fully accessible.

“Some of the GPs from each practice have worked together in the past so we are confident we will make a successful team, sharing a similar ethos.

“The new practice will have the largest group of doctors working in partnership in Scarborough and five of the doctors in the practice have each been working as family doctors in Scarborough for more than twenty years.

“This will give us a wealth of knowledge and expertise in family medicine which will add to the already high level of patient care we provide to our patients.”

Dr Ian Hamp, senior partner at Trafalgar Medical Practice, added: “The new surgery will be called Brook Square Surgery. Many of our patients still think of this area as Brook Square so it was a popular choice and one we all agreed on.”

“We’re hoping to move all staff into Trafalgar House on May 1 but the final date will depend on when Assura’s builders finish doing all the changes we need.”