Merger plans for two GP surgeries in York

Merger plans for two GP surgeries in York

Merger plans for two GP surgeries in York

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A GP surgery in York is set to leave its premises and merge with another practice.

Gillygate Surgery has begun a formal process to merge with Jorvik Medical Practice, with the intention of relocating to Jorvik's premises at Woolpack House, Stonebow, by the autumn.

Gillygate says in a newsletter to patients that its current premises are not designed for healthcare provision in the 21st century and the move will ensure patients can have a wider range of services, including Monday evening and Saturday morning appointments.

It said Jorvik was chosen because Stonebow was within walking distance of Gillygate and was more accessible by public transport and taxi. The two surgeries also shared similar practice areas and staff at Jorvik shared Gillygate's own values about providing high quality, patient centred care.

"At the same time, we can ensure both practices are jointly able to respond effectively to current and future NHS policy and governance requirements."

It reassured patients that the whole practice team would be relocating to Stonebow and they would still see familiar faces and experience continuity of care after the move.

Both practices would discuss the merger plans with their individual patient groups and consult with patients via a practice survey, and there would be an open morning at Woolpack House before the move, so patients could visit the new surgery, meet personnel and discuss the plans.

"There will be some sadness about leaving the beautiful building we currently work in but we do have to respond appropriately to ensure we meet changing mandatory requirements for the provision of clinical care."

The target date for the move was October 1 but the relocation depended on meeting statutory compliance requirements, merging clinical databases and reconfiguring accommodation at Woolpack House, it added.

Jorvik said in a newsletter to its patients that the merger would allow it to improve further its services, and patients would have a wider choice of GP and nursing staff.

"Woolpack House is not fully used and offers excellent facilities for the delivery of clinical care. We are confident the merger will benefit all of our patients and give us more resources to respond positively to current and future NHS changes.

"We will be able to tackle better the increasing amount of regulations now imposed on GP practices whilst not undermining our delivery of patient care."

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10:11am Thu 17 Apr 14

Ignatius Lumpopo says...

A big shame. Gillygate Surgery is well-positioned for many residents on the northern fringes of the Guildhall Ward, Marygate and the western Groves, and moving it half a mile south isn't going to help one bit the people it serves. We lost Petergate Surgery 15 years ago. Patients who need "a wider range of services" can already find them available elsewhere: it's the convenience of a local surgery that is being lost.

And it isn't premises that provide what patients want, it's the dedicated, conscientious and experienced staff who work in them. All this relocation means is that that care is no longer available nearby.

A bad move, in every sense.
A big shame. Gillygate Surgery is well-positioned for many residents on the northern fringes of the Guildhall Ward, Marygate and the western Groves, and moving it half a mile south isn't going to help one bit the people it serves. We lost Petergate Surgery 15 years ago. Patients who need "a wider range of services" can already find them available elsewhere: it's the convenience of a local surgery that is being lost. And it isn't premises that provide what patients want, it's the dedicated, conscientious and experienced staff who work in them. All this relocation means is that that care is no longer available nearby. A bad move, in every sense. Ignatius Lumpopo
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11:46am Thu 17 Apr 14

Rosieposie says...

Mmm who owns the agilely gate premises cos they are extensive and in a prime location. Lovely ceilings
Mmm who owns the agilely gate premises cos they are extensive and in a prime location. Lovely ceilings Rosieposie
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7:58am Fri 18 Apr 14

York Castle says...

Patients have no need to worry about the move. The people, facilities and support at the Jorvik Medical Centre are second to none. Wonderful, excellent, been a patient for five years and they are the best I have ever known.
Patients have no need to worry about the move. The people, facilities and support at the Jorvik Medical Centre are second to none. Wonderful, excellent, been a patient for five years and they are the best I have ever known. York Castle
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11:16am Fri 18 Apr 14

Ignatius Lumpopo says...

York Castle wrote:
Patients have no need to worry about the move. The people, facilities and support at the Jorvik Medical Centre are second to none. Wonderful, excellent, been a patient for five years and they are the best I have ever known.
I'm sure you're right, and that the care provided is as good as anything tobe found anywhere. My gripe is it's a lot further away than the surgery I attend at present.
[quote][p][bold]York Castle[/bold] wrote: Patients have no need to worry about the move. The people, facilities and support at the Jorvik Medical Centre are second to none. Wonderful, excellent, been a patient for five years and they are the best I have ever known.[/p][/quote]I'm sure you're right, and that the care provided is as good as anything tobe found anywhere. My gripe is it's a lot further away than the surgery I attend at present. Ignatius Lumpopo
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10:48am Sat 19 Apr 14

Digeorge says...

York Castle says...

Absolutely agree with you there.

Having had a extremely bad time at another GP's practice for years, there is a markedly different approach here.

Always can speak to a doctor the next day as a result of phone services, can book on-line the night before.

No problems from Mrs Complicated Patient and thanks to them I am now being treated properly.
York Castle says... Absolutely agree with you there. Having had a extremely bad time at another GP's practice for years, there is a markedly different approach here. Always can speak to a doctor the next day as a result of phone services, can book on-line the night before. No problems from Mrs Complicated Patient and thanks to them I am now being treated properly. Digeorge
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2:06pm Mon 21 Apr 14

SB Dubs says...

Yes and if they like the new patients can book in at the Jorvik South Bank surgery, park for free in the local streets, and take up the appointments of the local South Bank residents ( many who are elderly) meaning locals can't get in so have to travel into town to Woolpack House. Not that this doesn't already happen....never mind, at least the influx of new receptionists may be a little more friendly and better at their jobs than the jorvik lot.
Yes and if they like the new patients can book in at the Jorvik South Bank surgery, park for free in the local streets, and take up the appointments of the local South Bank residents ( many who are elderly) meaning locals can't get in so have to travel into town to Woolpack House. Not that this doesn't already happen....never mind, at least the influx of new receptionists may be a little more friendly and better at their jobs than the jorvik lot. SB Dubs
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