Stourside Medical Practice is proposing to close its two branch surgeries at Tenlands Road and Coombswood and bring all services together under one roof at Halesowen Health Centre (HHC).
NHS Dudley Clinical Commissioning Group, is responsible for making a decision on the practice proposal. We will be holding a consultation from 22nd January 2018 through to 5th March 2018 on these proposals. We are committed to ensuring that you have the opportunity to share your feedback with us.
The practice has given us it’s reasons for making this proposal. They are listed in the bullet points below. We are evaluating these reasons and in reaching a decision about the proposal we will take into account all feedback received as part of this consultation as well as our own evaluation of the reasons the practice has put forward.
- The practice advise there have been some instances where the doctor at one of the branch surgeries had to deal with a medical emergency on their own. This is not safe and by bringing services together at HHC, it would mean there are always other staff available to help. It would also stop reception staff working on their own.
- The practice believes working in just one place will make any absences easier to cover and make them more reliable as a practice.
- The practice state the doctors at Stourside are passionate about education and the future of General Practice, and they would like to use their skills to train more GPs. By coming together in one place, they can increase their supervision which they hope will increase the likelihood that their application to become a training practice will be approved. If successful they would have more doctors which in turn would increase patient access.
- The practice feel if all their staff all worked together it would improve communication and their team working. It would be easier to arrange meetings and importantly education sessions. By creating a more supportive work environment, they feel that they could improve the retention of staff.
- The practice advise there is better wheelchair access at HHC.
- The practice states practices of the size of Stourside generally operate from just one site. If the branches closed the money saved in rent wouldn’t be available to the practice but there would be cost savings from services such as cleaning and utilities.This money would then be used to provide an extra GP one day a week. They understand that getting appointments when patients need them is really important and they want to improve access.
- The practice feel that maintaining the high Care Quality Commission (CQC) standards at one site would be easier than managing across all three premises.
- The practice understands that General Practice is changing and nationally there is a shortage of GPs and it is no different here in Dudley. They feel that by operating from just one practice will make them more attractive to potential GP partners.
- The current lease for Coombeswood Surgery is due to expire on the 31st March 2018.
Have your say
We would like to hear your views on the proposals and support you with any questions you may have. There are a number of ways to get involved:
We have arranged a number of public drop-in events in each practice where you can come along, ask questions, share your opinions and find out more.
These are informal sessions where we can chat with you on an individual basis. These will take place as follows:
- 30th January 2018, 10am until 12pm at Coombswood
- 6th February2048, 1.30pm until 3.30pm at Tenlands Road
- 7th February 2018, 1.30pm until 3.30pm at Coombswood
- 8th February 2018, 10am until 12pm at Tenlands Road
There is also an opportunity to join us at one of the open public meetings we are holding as follows:
- 5th February 2018, 6.30pm until 8.30pm at Hall A, Earls High School, Furnace Lane, Halesowen, B63 3SL
- 14th February 2018, 10.30am until 12.30pm, Shenstone Auditorium, Halesowen Library, Queensway mall, Cornbow, B63 4AZ
If you plan to attend any of the meetings above please let us know by contacting Keren Hodgson at Keren.Hodgson@nhs.net or call 01384 321730
Other ways to have your say are:
- Email us with your views at: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Complete our online survey here
- Call us with your views on 01384 321730
- Join your Patient Participation Group (PPG) at the practice you are registered with
- Send a letter to:
Dudley Clinical Commissioning Group
Brierley Hill Health & Social Care Centre
(No stamp required, however you will need to use the bar code attached and add to the front of your envelope. You can either print this or collect one from your practice)
How will your comments be considered?
At the end of the consultation period, all feedback received, along with other information will be considered by the CCG Primary Care Commissioning Committee (PCCC) and a decision will be made on whether to agree the proposal or not.
This will be a meeting held in public and not a public meeting, but there will be some time at the start of the meeting to hear the proposals and ask questions.
The Primary Care Commissioning meeting will take place on Friday 16th March 2018, 1pm to 3pm at Cornbow Hall, 10 Hagley Street, Halesowen, B63 3AT
If you have already shared your views with the practice during their consultation, please be assured that these will be taken into consideration when making a decision.
You can find a copy of Frequently Asked Questions here