Support for patients of Queens Road Medical Centre which closes on 1st April
30th January 2016 | By Liz Mattock | Posted in Miscellaneous
Patients of Queens Road Medical Centre in Leicester are being supported by NHS Leicester City Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) to find a new GP practice as their current practice will be closing on 1st April 2016. Dr Lenten, the GP at the practice, has informed the CCG that he wishes to terminate his contract to provide general medical services on 31st March 2016 which means that the practice will have to close.
Leicester City CCG has written to patients to let them know that services will no longer be provided at Queens Road Medical Centre and asking them to register with another practice of their choice. The letter also includes contact details of 23 GP practices within 1.5 miles of Queens Road Medical Centre which are accepting new patients.
The CCG has arranged three drop-in information sessions where patients can ask questions and obtain information, advice and help to register with a new GP practice. The sessions will be held on at Queens Road Medical Centre on Monday 8th February from 9am to 11am, Wednesday 2nd March from 3.30 to 5.30pm and Friday 11th March from 4pm to 6pm.
There is also a Public Meeting that is due to take place on the Thursday 11th February from 6pm to 8.00pm in the Quaker Meeting House, 16 Queens Road, Leicester LE2 1WP, where members of the public will have the opportunity to put questions to representatives of Leicester City CCG about the closure of the practice.
Patients can also obtain information on registering with a new practice by contacting Patient Registration on 0116 295 7880 or from the NHS Choices website: www.nhs.uk.
Professor Azhar Farooqi, GP and chair of Leicester City CCG, said: “We have carefully considered all the options for patient care for Dr Lenten’s patients and unfortunately we have no choice other than to close the practice and ask patients to register elsewhere. There are plenty of practices nearby that patients can register with. We encourage patients to do so as soon as possible, particularly if they have a long-term health condition or require regular medication.
“We would all like to thank Dr Lenten for his commitment to general practice in Leicester and wish him all the very best for the future. Dr Lenten has served the local community since 1992 and will be greatly missed by his patients.”
On 31st January 2016, the Maples Surgery on Evington Road in Leicester will also close as the GP there announced that he would be retiring.
Professor Farooqi said “It is unfortunate that two city practices are closing. All city practices are accepting new patients and we are working closely with those in the vicinity to keep a close eye on the situation. We would like to reassure patients that practices do have capacity to treat them and we are supporting them to cope with the initial impact of registering new patients.