Consultation – to consider the proposals to permanently close Woolsthorpe Surgery and move the Stackyard Surgery to NHS East Leicestershire and Rutland Clinical Commissioning Group.

Current situation

The Vale Medical Group, comprising Long Clawson Medical Practice, The Stackyard Surgery in Croxton Kerrial, and The Woolsthorpe Surgery, has announced it is considering permanently closing its branch practice in Woolsthorpe.

Woolsthorpe Surgery building has been closed since March 2020, as a direct consequence of the Covid-19 pandemic.  It was not possible to provide safe care from the building at Woolsthorpe, due to the lack of space to accommodate social distancing and, therefore, the potential risk of coronavirus infection.

Following the closure of Woolsthorpe Surgery in March, we have been providing all GP services for our patients from the Stackyard Surgery at Croxton Kerrial.

We have been able to deal with about 80-90% of all patient contacts remotely without patients having to attend for a face-to-face assessment. This means that patient requests can be managed quickly and with less inconvenience, as most practice visits can be avoided. If the GP decides that a face-to-face assessment is required this will still be provided as appropriate. As only a small number of patients need to attend in person, the practice is able to ensure the lowest possible risk of infection from diseases such as Covid-19, Influenza etc.

At the same time, the group is also proposing it moves The Stackyard Surgery from NHS Lincolnshire Clinical Commissioning Group, into NHS East Leicestershire and Rutland Clinical Commissioning Group.  The purpose of this is to make it much easier to administer the practices and to provide more effective patient care. The move will mean that administrative responsibility for the practices will transfer from Lincolnshire Clinical Commissioning Group to East Leicestershire and Rutland Clinical Commissioning Group. This will mean that there will also be a change to providers for community services.
Why change?

The closure earlier this year of The Woolsthorpe Surgery was because it does not have the space to be able to accommodate social distancing.  Since then, GP services for patients registered at The Woolsthorpe Surgery have been provided from The Stackyard Surgery, with the majority of patient contacts carried out remotely without patients having to attend in person.

The current size and layout of The Woolsthorpe Surgery means that social distancing cannot be implemented in the reception and waiting area.  The risk from Covid-19 is likely to be with us for many months - possibly years - and is not going to disappear soon. Covid-19 has heightened everyone’s awareness about the risk of infection and many of us are working to adopt new ways of keeping keep people safe.

In addition, the car park at The Woolsthorpe Surgery has recently been declared unsafe by the local council, and, whilst patients and staff have previously used it, from a health and safety perspective we are unhappy about asking patients to use it again in the future.

In terms of its proposed move to NHS East Leicestershire and Rutland CCG, both Stackyard and Woolsthorpe surgeries are located on the edge of the Lincolnshire and Leicestershire borders.  Both surgeries have worked well with the two CCGs, and, recently when Primary Care Networks (PCNs) were formed, it was agreed that they would be part one of the Leicestershire PCNs, Melton Syston Vale.

The GPs from the Vale Group believe that moving from NHS Lincolnshire CCG to NHS East Leicestershire and Rutland CCG will be beneficial for patients, enabling you to access primary care services in Leicestershire that are not currently available to you in Lincolnshire such as x-ray.
What will be different?

All patients currently registered at Woolsthorpe Surgery will access primary care services at Stackyard Surgery.

Most of our care is currently being provided remotely by phone or internet, and the majority of patients will not have to visit the surgery and so will not be disadvantaged, and this will continue. For those patients who have a genuine medical need to see a GP, our home visiting service will remain unchanged.

Patients will arrange their appointments through the Stackyard Surgery and will be registered as a Stackyard patient.

As far as the move of administration to NHS East Leicestershire and Rutland CCG is concerned, the change seen by patients should be minimal, but the change of community service provider would allow easier access to services in Leicestershire.  The move will benefit the surgery with regard to administration and management of the Vale Group.

For more information visit The Vale Group’s website

Below are a number of questions about both of our proposals:

·       The permanent closure of Woolsthorpe Surgery
·       The move of administration from NHS Lincolnshire CCG to NHS East Leicestershire and Rutland CCG.

Please fill in the survey to tell us your views and share your opinions.

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* 1. Please select the option which applies to you:

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* 2. Please tell us the first 5 digits of your postcode:

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* 3. Approximately how far do you live from your practice?

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* 4. How do you usually travel to your practice?

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* 5. Which transport options are currently available to you for travelling to the surgery?

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* 6. What is important to you when accessing GP services?

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