1. ITV Report

Temporary lifeline for Knowle surgery

The Surgery will continue to provide services for the next 12 months Photo: ITV News West Country

St. Martins Surgery in Knowle will continue to provide services for a twelve month temporary period following the recent resignation of the current partners.

In July ITV News West Country revealed how the surgery had written to its 6,000 patients telling them their two doctors had tendered their resignations. The GPs, Dr Hard and Dr Houghton, said they had been unable to recruit new doctors to replace those who had left.

NHS England and Concord Medical Centre are in the final stages of agreeing a temporary contract starting from 15 September 2014. All services currently provided at the surgery continue. Opening hours and surgery hours remain the same.

The next year will be used to consider long-term options for the future of the Practice.

The future of the practice will be assessed over the next year Credit: ITV News West Country

NHS England has acted quickly to ensure continuity of GP services for over 5,000 people in the south Bristol area. We welcome the opportunity to work in partnership with Concord Medical Centre to provide high quality healthcare in the current St Martins buildings with minimal impact on patients when the changeover occurs.

– LINDA PROSSER, DIRECTOR OF PRIMARY CARE FOR THE BRISTOL, NORTH SOMERSET, SOMERSET AND SOUTH GLOUCESTERSHIRE AREA TEAM
A 12 month temporary contract will start from 15 September Credit: ITV News West Country

We will provide a full range of medical services for St Martins patients at a quality equal to the high standards that our staff have set at our existing surgery. The Practice has a track record of delivering high quality care in different locations across Bristol. Our team is looking forward to meeting St Martins’ patients from mid-September.

– DR. SIMON BRADLEY MRCGP, EXECUTIVE PARTNER AT CONCORD MEDICAL CENTRE