Tettenhall Medical Practice consultation drop-in event for proposed closure of Wood Road Branch Surgery

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Patients and the public living in Tettenhall are being urged to attend a drop-in event about the future of Wood Road branch GP practice, part of Tettenhall Medical Practice, on Wednesday 11 September 2019 from 4pm – 8pm at Linden House, 211 Tettenhall Road, Wolverhampton WV6 ODD.

Local people are invited to drop in at any time between 4pm and 8pm.No booking is required. People attending will be able to meet with local clinicians, ask questions and find out more about the proposed closure of the branch surgery. There will be a number of exhibition stands with key information on travel and transport, appointments, prescriptions, primary care and buildings.

The drop-in event is being held as part of the public consultation around the future of the branch surgery in Wood Road, which has been extended until Sunday 15 September 2019. More than 1013 patients and local people have already responded to the consultation and 177 people have attended six consultation events.

The consultation was launched on Tuesday 7 May 2019 following a request from GPs at the Medical Practice to close the branch surgery. They told the CCG and patients that difficulties recruiting GPs to vacant posts meant they were unable to 'deliver the services we would like to from this branch'.

Dr Helen Hibbs, Accountable Officer at Wolverhampton CCG, said:

“We are committed to giving local people every opportunity to have their say, so we are pleased to be holding this special drop in event on 11 September. We value the feedback we have already received and thank everyone who has taken the time to share their views with us.

“This consultation is very important to us and we are listening carefully to the views of local people. Everyone can be assured that we will take into consideration all views before making a decision.

“It’s important for everyone to understand that recruiting GPs is a significant challenge across the country. As a CCG we have risen to the challenge by making a significant difference to the patient experience in Wolverhampton. Our GP practices are embracing new and innovative ways of working through primary care networks which this year resulted in over 24,000 extra appointments being made available at four hubs in different geographical locations in Wolverhampton.

“Primary care networks are bringing general practices together to work at scale and make general practice more resilient by improving the ability of practices to recruit and retain staff; to manage financial and estates pressures; to provide a wider range of services to patients and to integrate more easily with the wider health and care system.”

The consultation survey and all information about the consultation including events and the answers to frequently asked questions are available on the Tettenhall Medical Practice website http://www.tettenhallmedicalpractice.nhs.uk/contact-us-3/