Hopes for surgery solution

By a County Press reporter

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

 

UPDATED WEDNESDAY 15:45*

FEARS an Isle of Wight doctors' surgery could close permanently have been allayed following negotiations, according to MP Andrew Turner.

Patients had raised concerns about the future of healthcare in the West Wight, following an announcement that Yarmouth Surgery was to close for six months.

As reported by the County Press, Dr Gordon Walker — a partner at West Wight Practice, which runs the surgery — told Yarmouth Town Council it had struggled to fill four vacant GP posts, leaving the partners with no choice by to tell NHS England they could no longer fulfil their contract.

The contract was due to be put out for procurement to find new partners to takeover.

Mr Turner said in a statement today (Tuesday) that negotiations had taken place with other Island GPs, leading to an agreement for sufficient support for the team and the withdrawal of the notice to NHS England.

The surgery is still due to close temporarily, Friday, next week, and Mr Turner said a date had not yet been set for the Yarmouth surgery to re-open, but information would be made available as soon as practicable.

"This is a great example of the Island’s NHS pulling together for the good of the patients.  There was great disquiet in Yarmouth about the prospect of the surgery closing for six months – and even fears that it would be lost altogether.  Tim Gibbs of the Yarmouth Pharmacy organised a petition which gathered around 3,000 signatures demonstrating the strength of local feeling.  

"It was very clear to me that the doctors are absolutely committed to the community they serve and to finding a solution if it was at all possible – I am very glad they feel that has been achieved in principle.  Long-term closure of Yarmouth’s GP practice may also have threatened the viability of the pharmacy, where the pharmacist Tim Gibbs is held in very high regard, and the doctors have particularly asked that people continue to use his services. We must now wait for the negotiations to proceed so that the details of the future service can be finalised," said Mr Turner.

Mr Gibbs said : "I am very grateful for the support of all our patients and everybody involved in working together and supporting each other to find the right solution for the West Wight.  This is an example of the local NHS community listening to the patients and putting the care of patients first which is what the NHS is all about."

Dr George Thomson told the County Press they were very keen the surgery would re-open as soon as possible.

In the interim, the practice's remaining doctors will be based at its other surgery Brookside Health Centre, Freshwater.

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by david wright

19th March 2014, at 12:06:52

@Mike C,
Isnt there a saying about those who live in glass houses shouldnt throw stones?

Dangerous precedent to set that you can only critisize if you can or have done better?

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by Stephen Elliott

18th March 2014, at 22:39:58

People need to fight to stop these elected leaders from ruining our lives.

No more shall we accept

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by Mark Sanger

18th March 2014, at 21:10:07

At last someone has got it sorted and common sense provaild.
It should never have come to this in the first place

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by Mike Crowe

18th March 2014, at 17:27:19

Jack if you think you can do better, there is an election coming up, I look forward to seeing your name on the ballot paper.

"""Those who can ... do... Those who cannot, criticize ...."""

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by Jack Woodford

18th March 2014, at 15:05:32

What a PR coup for the MP! He does nothing of any significance on this issue yet still finds himself right at the top of the story by way of being the bearer of good news?
Nice work by his staff. No wonder the dude gets re-elected so easily.

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