Doctors surgeries in merger plan talks

Trafalgar House which is set to home the merged surgeries
Trafalgar House which is set to home the merged surgeries

More than 10,000 patients are set to be affected under proposals to merge two of Scarborough’s doctors surgeries.

Trafalgar Medical Practice and Claremont Surgery are proposing to merge and operate from Trafalgar House, in Trafalgar Street West.

Both are established town centre GP practices, with 5281 patients on the books at Trafalgar Medical Practice and 5243 registered at Claremont Surgery, with the surgeries working together for a number of years.

Managers at the practice say the move is being planned in a bid to provide a wider range of services to their patients, taking advantage of the experienced doctors, nurse practitioner, nursing team and practice support team – and resources.

Dr Ian Hamp, senior partner at Trafalgar Medical Practice: “For some time we have been looking to merge with another practice with the same values, to provide a high quality service to our patients and look to develop the practice long term.

“By bringing together the resources of both practices we will be in a good position to develop patient services for the future.

“Patient feedback has been very positive, appreciating the advantages of the modern premises and the extensive services available to all our patients of the new Practice.”

Built in 2005, Trafalgar House is a modern purpose built surgery providing full mobility access to clinical areas and waiting rooms.

Dr Fiona Beardsley of Claremont Surgery added: “We are delighted to work with Trafalgar Medical Practice, which will enable us to provide a wider range of health care services and improve the patient experience at our new practice.”

Both surgeries are raising awareness of the proposal with both patients and local stakeholders with letters being sent to stakeholders this week inviting them to share their views.