Two Southsea GP practices set to merge this summer
01 May 2019

Two GP practices in Portsmouth are set to merge this summer.

NHS Portsmouth Clinical Commissioning Group has approved the merger of Southsea Medical Centre and The Devonshire Practice from July 1.

The two practices have a combined registered of more than 13,500 patients. Both sites, which are 1.5 miles apart, will remain open.

A report that went to the CCG’s Primary Care Commissioning Committee stated that problems of GP recruitment and retention had contributed to putting the Devonshire Practice “at risk of closure.”

The merger would not only ensure long-term sustainability of service for patients and ensure the viability of both practices, but it would “build on opportunities to develop cost-effective and high-quality services.”

The new practice will be called The Lighthouse Group Practice, and is aiming to provide:

  • Improved same day access for its patients
  • Service resilience and improved choice
  • Modern facilities fit for the future
  • A more attractive workplace for future staff, helping recruitment and long-term sustainability.

The merger is the latest in the Portsmouth area and comes at a time of huge demand on GP services. GPs at the two practices say that pooling their clinical skills and staff resources will have a number of benefits for patients.

Dr Gayle Catterall, a GP at Southsea Medical Centre, said: “This merger offers us really exciting opportunities, including plans for a long-term conditions nursing team and to improve our GP led telephone triage system across both sites – which will safely manage same-day demand, ensuring patients are seen based on their need.

“We will also have our own pharmacist to help improve our repeat prescribing processes to improve services to patients.”

Dr Catherine Causer, a GP a Devonshire Practice, said: “The new Lighthouse Group Practice is also planning several improvements to the existing administrative systems which will help GPs manage their ever-increasing levels of paperwork, freeing up more of their time for appointments. And a new telephone system will further improve patient access to our services.”

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