Decision to close Woodhead Road Surgery and Manningham Medical Practice
Bradford clinical leaders have made decisions on the future of two local GP practices as part of their role in commissioning primary care medical services.
Following public consultations about Woodhead Road Surgery and Manningham Medical Practice and an in-depth review of both practices; the respective CCGs have decided to close the surgeries.
The decisions were made by the CCGs’ primary care commissioning committees (PCCCs).
NHS Bradford Districts CCG needed to make changes at Woodhead Road Surgery as the company that ran it for the last five years, One Medicare, came to the end of its contract last September.
Although the CCG offered a short extension to One Medicare’s contract, the company did not wish to continue providing services at the surgery so a neighbouring practice, Dr Gilkar at Little Horton Lane Medical Centre, was given a temporary contract to take over the services.
And NHS Bradford City CCG needed to review the future of Manningham Medical Practice, in Lumb Lane, as the company that has run it for the last few years, Local Care Direct, was approaching the end of its current contract.
Now both practices will close when the current contracts end in September and patients will be supported to register with one of many nearby practices which have open lists.
Max Mclean and Richard Wilkinson, respective chairs of Bradford City and Bradford Districts CCGs’ PCCCs, said: “We know that patients may be upset by the closure of their GP practice and we are sorry for any disruption this may cause. No decision to close a practice is ever taken lightly, and we would like to thank everyone who gave us their feedback during the consultations.
“However, we have to carefully balance the wishes of some patients against our priority to develop high quality, responsive and robust primary care services that can deliver a wide range of local medical services in the community.
“We are working very closely with practices in the vicinity which have capacity to take on new patients and we will do everything possible to support people in moving to a new surgery of their choice.”
There are 19 practices within a mile of Woodhead Road and 15 practices within a mile of Manningham Medical Practice and all of them have open lists.
The CCGs will be writing to patients registered at the practices informing them of the decision to close and advising how to register with a different GP.
In the meantime, services will continue as normal at the practices until 30 September 2016.