Remaining patients at Belgrave Surgery urged to register with a new GP practice before the surgery closes at the end of April
26th April 2018 | By Melanie Shilton | Posted in
Patients of Belgrave Surgery, on 13 Loughborough Road in Leicester, need to register with a new GP practice before their surgery closes on 30th April.
Over the last two months Leicester City Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) has been supporting patients to register with a new GP practice. More than 2,000 patients have now made the move to another GP, but there are still around 600 patients who have not yet done so.
Professor Azhar Farooqi, GP and chair of Leicester City CCG, said: “It is important that the remaining patients make sure they register with another practice before 30th April, so that they can continue to get the healthcare they need, quickly, after Belgrave Surgery is closed.
“This week the CCG is sending letters to the remaining patients and Belgrave Surgery is also contacting patients individually, particularly those that are frail or have a long-term illness, reminding them that they need to register with another practice. There are 13 GP practices within 0.9 miles of Belgrave Surgery. Each practice is taking new patients and has been made aware that Belgrave Surgery is closing.”
In February 2018, the CCG wrote to all affected patients to explain that the practice partners, Dr Bapodra and Dr Singh, had informed the CCG that they wished to resign from their contract to provide medical services at this practice on 30th April 2018, which meant that the practice would have to close.
Professor Farooqi explained: “We did seek alternative options but in the end we had no choice other than to ask patients to register elsewhere. Dr Bapodra owns the premises and, after April, the building will no longer be available for use as a GP practice.”
Patients can pick up a list of local GP practices and further information from Belgrave Surgery, and they can also be found on the CCG website.
Patients can also find out more about other local practices on the NHS website: www.nhs.uk.