Merger of two GP practices agreed
THE two GP practices in Wells have welcomed a decision to allow them to merge.
Somerset Clinical Commissioning Group gave the go-ahead after discussing the proposal at a hearing panel on October 21.
Wells City Practice and Wells Health Centre submitted an application to merge earlier this year as they believe a merger will help them to meet the present and future primary care needs of their patients.
The new practice will be called Wells Health Partnership, and the merger date is set for Wednesday, April 1, 2020.
“We are pleased to report that the merger has been approved, and look forward to realising the benefits of becoming one practice for whole of Wells,” said Dr Josephine Newton, Partner at Wells City Practice.
To explain more to patients, a list of ‘frequently asked questions’ and answers can be found on both practices websites, and copies will be available in both reception areas.
The two practices were moved from separate sites in Wells to a purpose-built surgery at Priory Health Park in 2004. They kept their separate identities and patient lists while delivering the same services from the same building, but a number of discussions have taken place over the past few years about whether the two practices should merge.
There are no plans to change the location of the practice once the merger takes place, and patients will keep their current named GP.