Merger sees creation of Colchester Medical Practice which will look after 25,000 patients

Gazette: Merger sees creation of Colchester Medical Practice which will look after 25,000 patients Merger sees creation of Colchester Medical Practice which will look after 25,000 patients

Three doctors’ surgeries have merged to form a super sized practice which will look after almost 25,000 patients.

Shrub End, Castle Gardens and Wimpole Road Surgeries are now part of the Colchester Medical Practice, which will have a catchment area roughly covering half of Colchester.

Each practice will remain at their own individual sites but the merger means they will share back office duties such as payroll and pensions, making them more efficient.

There are initial plans to recruit an extra GP and nurse and from May offer all blood tests in all three surgeries.

Dr Linda Mahon-Daly, of Shrub End Surgery, said: “This is a number of like-minded practices coming together who want to do the best for their patients.

“By joining forces, a lot of duplication will be removed, enabling us to focus on what we became GPs for; looking after our patients."

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12:03pm Mon 7 Apr 14

rhetoric says...

Hope against hope that this doesn't mean patients will never know who they're going to see, and that nobody has any real relationship with them.
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This did happen with my current surgery. I was passed from pillar to post when what I needed was a major operation. It took some fight to get a full diagnosis and tests, whereupon I was told there had been "too long a delay, why didn't you come forward earlier?". Beggars belief, doesn't it? It wasn't just my GP surgery but all along the line. Previously my GP knew all the family and would ask questions of anyone who presented with worrying symptoms as to where they were in "the system".
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In my case, I still got the op. on time and my cancer had not spread. It was remarked however that many elderly people put things off in dread of what may be found, and they do not need discouraging further in their search for answers/diagnosis.
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The point is, if the GP doesn't know you as well as may be possible, symptoms atypical of you as a person may be missed. We are so far now from the GP who knew the family, visited the home, and was au fait with family traits and possible inherited tendencies health-wise. Looks like we'll not get back to that in many lifetimes.
Hope against hope that this doesn't mean patients will never know who they're going to see, and that nobody has any real relationship with them. . This did happen with my current surgery. I was passed from pillar to post when what I needed was a major operation. It took some fight to get a full diagnosis and tests, whereupon I was told there had been "too long a delay, why didn't you come forward earlier?". Beggars belief, doesn't it? It wasn't just my GP surgery but all along the line. Previously my GP knew all the family and would ask questions of anyone who presented with worrying symptoms as to where they were in "the system". . In my case, I still got the op. on time and my cancer had not spread. It was remarked however that many elderly people put things off in dread of what may be found, and they do not need discouraging further in their search for answers/diagnosis. . The point is, if the GP doesn't know you as well as may be possible, symptoms atypical of you as a person may be missed. We are so far now from the GP who knew the family, visited the home, and was au fait with family traits and possible inherited tendencies health-wise. Looks like we'll not get back to that in many lifetimes. rhetoric
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9:09pm Mon 7 Apr 14

hughie-s says...

Notice in Shrub End Surgery last week said you will still see your usual doctor or nurse.
Notice in Shrub End Surgery last week said you will still see your usual doctor or nurse. hughie-s
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10:37am Tue 8 Apr 14

Red Tape 2 says...

Call me a pessimist but I wonder how much this has to do with better patient care and how much to do with saving money....
Call me a pessimist but I wonder how much this has to do with better patient care and how much to do with saving money.... Red Tape 2
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