Proposed Merger of The Good Practice and Earls Court Surgery

The Good Practice and Earl’s Court Surgery are proposing to merge on 1 April 2021.

The GPs will form a partnership; however, the two surgeries will remain as The Good Practice and Earl’s Court Surgery in their current locations.

Please be assured there are no plans to close buildings and you will remain a patient with your existing doctor.

Why are we considering a merger?

We are sure you are aware that over the past few years there have been increased pressures placed upon General Practice services. To enhance the services we currently provide, we feel that the best way forward is to merge.

Both surgeries share the same commitment to quality, and by coming together, we will be able to share working arrangements and offer improved services to patients.

The benefits for patients

We have a growing population with increasingly complex healthcare needs. Merging our practices will make us more resilient to external financial pressures and the threat of closure.

It will also give us a larger, more flexible team of staff and allow for continuity of care for patients when staff members leave or retire.

Moreover, a merged combined organisation will allow us to work towards bringing services from hospital into the community for the convenience of all our patients.

For example, we hope to offer new services like ultrasound, psychology clinics, drug and alcohol cessation clinics, sexual health clinics (coil/implant services) and minor surgery.

We will also have more consultation space to benefit patients.

Patients will remain with their GP of choice

Our doctors, practice nurses and other staff, will continue to be available to patients under the proposed new arrangements in the same way as they are at present.

All patients at the Good Practice will remain under the care of Dr Hammond and all patients at Earl’s Court Surgery will remain under the care of Dr Emiliani and Dr Adib.

Patient registration will not be affected.

Following the proposed merger, you will have the choice of being seen at any of the two surgery sites or continuing to use your current practice only, as you do now.

We are proud of our practices and the personal care we have maintained over the years and have always been encouraged by the positive feedback and support of our patients. By uniting as one like-minded team, we can continue to provide this high-quality care in a way that allows us to thrive in the future, making the best use of available resources and reduce some of our overhead costs.

Our overriding aim is to develop new services and continue to provide seamless care for all our patients.

We do understand that you may have questions and comments about the merger proposal.  We have put together a list of FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions).

 We very much value your thoughts and opinions so please get in touch via the options listed below.

  • We will hold a drop in sessions, and members of the team will be available to listen to your comments and answer questions. These sessions are currently being planned and will be publicised in due course.
  • Contact your Patient Participation Group. Both PPGs have been informed and have discussed the proposed merger.  The PPG at the Good Practice will be holding coffee mornings every Wednesday at the Good Practice (once the current restrictions are lifted and we feel it is safe to run the café) It will be an ideal opportunity to pop along and discuss the proposed merger.  Our thanks to the PPG
  • Updates will be added to the practice websites as and when they are known and will be displayed in our waiting rooms.
  • If you have any specific queries or concerns, please write to Jan du Plessis – jan.duplessis@nhs.net

 

Thank you for taking the time to consider this letter and the future of your GP practice. Please do fill in the patient survey and return to your GP practice.

Yours faithfully,

Dr J Hammond

 

FAQs - Proposed merger between The Good Practice and Earl’s Court Surgery
 

Outcome Patient Survey

Patient Survey Results

Patient Survey Report May 2020

 

Published: May 11, 2020

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