A long held plan to merge two doctors surgeries has fallen through but a third service has stepped in to provide another option.
Trafalgar Medical Practice and Claremont Surgery were proposing to merge and operate from Trafalgar House, in Trafalgar Street West but that has now been deemed unfeasible so Peasholm Surgey has stepped in.
Now it is anticipated that Peasholm and Claremont will merge on January 5 next year, forming a surgery servicing more than 10,000 patients at Peashom’s Tennyson Avenue base.
No detailed reason has been given for the breakdown of the merger with Trafalgar but in a message to her patients at Calremont Dr Fiona Beardsley wrote: “Unfortunately significant technical problems were discovered that meant that the goal of the practices being able to merge by the end of this year could not be guaranteed.
“Despite considerable efforts by both practices (together with the support of NHS North Yorkshire and York and also Scarborough and Ryedale Clinical Commissioning Group) these problems were unable to be resolved within the timescales needed by Claremont Surgery.”
The patients of Peasholm and Claremont are now being consulted on the proposed merger.
Dr Douglas Moederle-Lumb from Peasholm Surgery added: “I am delighted that Dr Beardsley and the staff of Claremont will be joining the new extended team.
“Scarborough patients rightly expect the highest quality of service from their practice.
“The merger of the two practices will ensure we are in a position to continue to provide our patients with the best possible care for the future.”
The consultation for patients of the two surgeries closes on November 15.