Haxby Group and Gale Farm GP surgeries in York to merge

GP surgeries to merge

GP surgeries to merge

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TWO GP surgeries in York with a total of 48,000 patients have announced plans to merge - in a move they say will improve services.

The plan to bring together Haxby Group and Gale Farm was announced yesterday.

Haxby Group, which runs GPs surgeries in Haxby, Huntington, New Earswick and Stockton-on-the-Forest and four GP surgeries in Hull, wants to merge with Gale Farm, which has surgeries in Acomb and Upper Poppleton. All of the surgeries will remain open.

It is the latest merger of GP surgeries in York - which have so far included the merger of York Medical Group and Minster Health and Gillygate Surgery and Jorvik Medical Practice as surgeries across the country have merged to save money and improve buying power.

Dr Daniel Kimberling, partner at Gale Farm Surgery and The Old Forge Surgery, said: “This is a very exciting time for all the patients and staff. We welcome this proposed partnership with Haxby Group and the chance to work more closely with their excellent team, combining the expertise of the talented doctors and staff at both practices so we can achieve better patient care in the future.

“The views of our patients are very important to us and we very much want to hear what they think before any final decision is made.

“We want to reassure our patients that we will continue to provide continuity of care and high clinical standards.”

Patients and staff at Gale Farm’s two surgeries are being asked to give their views on the proposed changes as part of a three month consultation.

A patient open morning is to be held on Saturday, October 11 between 9am and 11am at Gale Farm Surgery in Acomb when people can come down and meet some of the staff and managers of both practices.

Haxby Group has said the move will create a larger, stable team of doctors and improve and extend the kind of services it offers - for example, by merging with Haxby Group, Gale Farm could provide access to vasectomy procedures at its Acomb surgery. Both have strong records in training staff.

Once feedback has been received and analysed, a final decision will be made at the end of this year.

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1:26pm Sat 30 Aug 14

Waspish1 says...

I worry about the growth of these mega-practices in York. This proposed merger seems to be following the model followed by Priory Medical over the past few years, which ultimately leaves patients with less choice in choosing a GP.
I worry about the growth of these mega-practices in York. This proposed merger seems to be following the model followed by Priory Medical over the past few years, which ultimately leaves patients with less choice in choosing a GP. Waspish1
  • Score: 13

2:27pm Sat 30 Aug 14

anistasia says...

I'm wanting to change my doctors to an independent one.one not joined to any other surgery but so far no look.I prefer smaller practices but these are just getting big less chance of seeing same doctor.
I'm wanting to change my doctors to an independent one.one not joined to any other surgery but so far no look.I prefer smaller practices but these are just getting big less chance of seeing same doctor. anistasia
  • Score: 14

10:47pm Sat 30 Aug 14

ColdAsChristmas says...

Exciting time for who? if this will mean that charges introduced for minor surgery in the practice will become free once again then all well and good.
However there is no reason why expertise cannot be shared within NHS practices without joining together. This is about economies of scale and nothing much to do with improved patient care.
Let's see if Sunday surgery and late open times are available as a part of this excitement? Somehow I doubt it.
Exciting time for who? if this will mean that charges introduced for minor surgery in the practice will become free once again then all well and good. However there is no reason why expertise cannot be shared within NHS practices without joining together. This is about economies of scale and nothing much to do with improved patient care. Let's see if Sunday surgery and late open times are available as a part of this excitement? Somehow I doubt it. ColdAsChristmas
  • Score: -28

10:45am Sun 31 Aug 14

Digeorge says...

Strange 'treatment' I had from one of those practices for years and not to think of 'infection' or question whether it existed. But had more to do with false allegations from historical allegations.

Does this mean more time for the patients or more time 'off to spread the burden.
Strange 'treatment' I had from one of those practices for years and not to think of 'infection' or question whether it existed. But had more to do with false allegations from historical allegations. Does this mean more time for the patients or more time 'off to spread the burden. Digeorge
  • Score: 0

2:42pm Sun 31 Aug 14

CaroleBaines says...

Quite like bigger practices, you go on line and can choose from say 15 doctors meaning if you are not particular which GP you see, you can choose one who has an appointment spare earlier. Just my own experience and I know some dislike the whole merging thing, but for me its fine.
Quite like bigger practices, you go on line and can choose from say 15 doctors meaning if you are not particular which GP you see, you can choose one who has an appointment spare earlier. Just my own experience and I know some dislike the whole merging thing, but for me its fine. CaroleBaines
  • Score: 1

4:43pm Sun 31 Aug 14

Lineker's Lad says...

These mergers are simply the response to government policy which is squeezing practice incomes and making more and more demands of the practices' time and resources. The practices are having to merge in order to have sufficient clinician numbers, and be big enough to do everything they are being asked to do. This trend towards practices merging is one that will continue for the forseeable future.
These mergers are simply the response to government policy which is squeezing practice incomes and making more and more demands of the practices' time and resources. The practices are having to merge in order to have sufficient clinician numbers, and be big enough to do everything they are being asked to do. This trend towards practices merging is one that will continue for the forseeable future. Lineker's Lad
  • Score: 3

5:26pm Mon 1 Sep 14

Daisy1948 says...

This will not benefit patients at all, Haxby Group can't provide an adequate service as it is, it grew too large some time ago.
Not that patients opinions will change anything. We are just nameless numbers left with faceless doctors who simply refer refer refer costing the NHS thousands in wasted hospital appointments because doctors are incapable of diagnosing.
This will not benefit patients at all, Haxby Group can't provide an adequate service as it is, it grew too large some time ago. Not that patients opinions will change anything. We are just nameless numbers left with faceless doctors who simply refer refer refer costing the NHS thousands in wasted hospital appointments because doctors are incapable of diagnosing. Daisy1948
  • Score: 3

11:01pm Mon 1 Sep 14

Lineker's Lad says...

More to the point GP's refer, refer, refer because the patients won't leave the consulting room without either being referred to the hospital, or with a prescription for antibiotics that isn't necessary for the non-existant ailment they have convinced themselves they've got.
More to the point GP's refer, refer, refer because the patients won't leave the consulting room without either being referred to the hospital, or with a prescription for antibiotics that isn't necessary for the non-existant ailment they have convinced themselves they've got. Lineker's Lad
  • Score: -1
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