Holderness GP Practices to Merge
Four practices have been working closely together on proposals to merge on 1st October 2018.
Now one of the four practices - Eastgate Medical Group in Hornsea - has decided not to go ahead with the merger. The other three practices (Church View Surgery, Hedon Group Practice and South Holderness Medical Practice) share responsibility for the care of 36,000 patients in the Holderness area and still intend to join together on the 1 October 2018.
“We’re sorry that Eastgate Medical Group won’t be part of our merger but I’m sure we’ll work with them again in the future and we wish our colleagues there well,” said Dr Graham Heaton from South Holderness Medical Practice.
The new practice will be made up of 21 partners and over 120 staff and by joining together they hope to achieve benefits for both their patients and staff. These benefits include having a stronger and louder voice to represent the needs and concerns of their patients, as well as attracting new GPs and nurses into the area and providing greater opportunities for career development for their existing staff too. They also want to develop their growing reputation as a centre of excellence for training and research.
Importantly, all three practices feel that by joining together they will be better able to safeguard high quality services for their patients by becoming a more resilient organisation.
“We’re better placed to meet the needs of our patients and our staff in a larger practice so we’re all still very committed to this merger and working hard to make it happen” explained Dr Laura Wallis from Church View Surgery in Hedon.
The practices have been speaking to patients and staff about their proposals and a spokesperson for Holderness Health said that they were delighted with the positive response and messages of
support that they had received so far. Holderness Health has now been chosen as the name for the new practice.
Dr Natalie Metcalfe from Hedon Group Practice explains “We wanted a name that summed up why we wanted to merge in the first place and Holderness Health fits the bill perfectly because it’s all about putting the health of our patients in Holderness first”.
There are no plans to change the opening times of any of the practices and the practice was keen to emphasise that it will be “business as usual” for their patients but there will be a lot of work going on in the background to share best practice and build a more resilient practice that can look after the needs of Holderness Health patients for many years to come.