Statement from Leicester City CCG in relation to Danum Medical Services Limited (DMSL)
10th March 2016 | By Liz Mattock | Posted in Practices
PLEASE NOTE: This article was published in 2016. The process for booking appointments at the healthcare hubs has now changed. Please visit www.leicestercityccg.nhs.uk/healthcare-hubs for up to date information.
Danum Medical Services Limited (DMSL), the organisation that has been providing GP services at Asquith Surgery and Bowling Green Street Surgery in Leicester, has advised us that they will no longer be able to provide these services after Friday (11 March) due to difficulties they have encountered.
We would like to reassure patients that they do not need to worry. They can continue to use the services of both practices as normal and receive care from existing staff. The practices are also still registering new patients.
As a temporary and urgent measure, the CCG has arranged for a caretaker for each practice from other local providers, while a longer term solution is considered.
Expressions of interest were sought from other local GP practices wanting to take on this role. All the bids have been evaluated and two contracts have been awarded which commence on Monday 14th March 2016. The contract for Asquith Surgery has been awarded to Fosse Medical Centre. The Practice PLC has been appointed to manage Bowling Green Street Surgery.
The CCG will be writing to patients early next week to let them know what the situation is and reassure them that they can continue to use services as normal.
Sue Lock, Managing Director of Leicester City Clinical Commissioning Group, said: “It was important that we put immediate arrangements in place so services can continue for patients.
“The important thing for patients is that they can continue to use both practices as normal and there is no need for them to worry. The staff at the practice, many of whom are very well regarded by patients, will be able to continue providing them with their care. Patients will also be fully involved in discussions and decisions about the long-term future of both practices.”
Bowling Green Street Surgery currently has a registered patient list of approximately 3500, while just less than 4000 patients are registered at Asquith Surgery.
The contract with DMSL will terminate at 6:30pm on Friday 11th March. As the new provider will not take over until Monday 14th March, it does mean that there will unfortunately be no weekend appointments or clinics at the practices this coming weekend.
If patients do need to see a doctor urgently over the weekend, they can call the Out of Hours Service for assistance either by phoning the normal surgery number or NHS111.
Alternatively they may wish to use one of the four healthcare hubs in the city by calling 0116 366 0560 for an appointment with GP or nurse. The hubs are open on Friday evening between 6:30pm and 10:00pm and on Saturday and Sunday between 09:00am and 10:00pm.
The practices will open as normal on Monday morning.