Sankey Medical Centre set to close

Sankey Medical Centre set to close

Sankey Medical Centre set to close

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PATIENTS at Sankey Medical Centre have been venting their fury after being told they will have to travel elsewhere to see a doctor.

Some residents were told the news over a text while others received letters telling them they will be automatically transferred to Park View at Orford Jubilee Park Health Centre, 4.5 miles away, when the surgery closes on February 28.

The move will affect 6,459 registered patients at the Barrowhall Lane practice with many raising concerns over how elderly patients will reach the Orford surgery and those relying on public transport.

Other residents, who have tried to register at nearby surgeries including Chapelford and Westbrook, have been told the patient lists are closed.

One reader commented: “Apparently the lease is up on the building.

“So much for caring about patients particularly those who do not have a car.”

The announcement follows planning permission being refused in February 2012 for the surgery to move to new premises on the same road.

The proposal included the relocation of the surgery to a residential bungalow opposite Great Sankey High School which led to numerous complaints from neighbours.

A spokesman for NHS England, Cheshire Warrington and Wirral said: "We are aware that concerns have been raised by some patients at Great Sankey Medical Centre about the future of the practice.
"It is our aim to address these concerns as soon as possible and we are currently working with the practice to provide further information to patients as quickly as possible.
“Our primary concern is to ensure that all patients registered at this practice continue to have access to the full range of high quality primary care services."

Have you been affected?

Leave your comments on the closure below or e-mail hannah.bargery@nqnw.co.uk

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3:03pm Tue 11 Feb 14

widnesman says...

In all fairness to the practice doctors who tried to relocate locally, the patients will be inconvenienced by WARRINGTON BOROUGH COUNCIL PLANNING for refusing to allow the bungalow to be used as a surgery!!
In all fairness to the practice doctors who tried to relocate locally, the patients will be inconvenienced by WARRINGTON BOROUGH COUNCIL PLANNING for refusing to allow the bungalow to be used as a surgery!! widnesman
  • Score: 8

3:15pm Tue 11 Feb 14

Maveric says...

The letter we received there is 'ample' parking at Jubilee Park. I have had to drive around and wait for a space, with 6,459 more patients going there it will be impossible.
The letter we received there is 'ample' parking at Jubilee Park. I have had to drive around and wait for a space, with 6,459 more patients going there it will be impossible. Maveric
  • Score: 10

3:22pm Tue 11 Feb 14

only meeee says...

More work for A&E as older patients who can't get to Orford ignore their symptoms untill it becomes critical.
More work for A&E as older patients who can't get to Orford ignore their symptoms untill it becomes critical. only meeee
  • Score: 13

4:52pm Tue 11 Feb 14

Paul Kennedy says...

widnesman wrote:
In all fairness to the practice doctors who tried to relocate locally, the patients will be inconvenienced by WARRINGTON BOROUGH COUNCIL PLANNING for refusing to allow the bungalow to be used as a surgery!!
I understand that a number of local residents and the local Parish Council objected to this planning application.
[quote][p][bold]widnesman[/bold] wrote: In all fairness to the practice doctors who tried to relocate locally, the patients will be inconvenienced by WARRINGTON BOROUGH COUNCIL PLANNING for refusing to allow the bungalow to be used as a surgery!![/p][/quote]I understand that a number of local residents and the local Parish Council objected to this planning application. Paul Kennedy
  • Score: 14

5:34pm Tue 11 Feb 14

old-codger says...

What lovely neighbours they have, Objecting on what grounds ??, The parish council should remember who voted them into office to represent them. I,m glad I don't live near these " not in my back yard " snobs.
What lovely neighbours they have, Objecting on what grounds ??, The parish council should remember who voted them into office to represent them. I,m glad I don't live near these " not in my back yard " snobs. old-codger
  • Score: 2

5:35pm Tue 11 Feb 14

old-codger says...

The move will affect 6,459 registered patients at the Barrowhall Lane practice with many raising concerns over how elderly patients will reach the Orford surgery and those relying on public transport.

NO DIAL A RIDE SERVICE EITHER.
The move will affect 6,459 registered patients at the Barrowhall Lane practice with many raising concerns over how elderly patients will reach the Orford surgery and those relying on public transport. NO DIAL A RIDE SERVICE EITHER. old-codger
  • Score: 4

6:49pm Tue 11 Feb 14

kay says...

What is going to happen to the premises which are being used at the moment?
What is going to happen to the premises which are being used at the moment? kay
  • Score: 1

6:57pm Tue 11 Feb 14

Maveric says...

Lots of questions:
Will the chemist stay?
Was anything done to try and keep the centre here.
Why such short notice to the patients? (about three weeks)
Why no consultation?
Couldn't the lease be extended?
Is there any other reasons for the closure?
Please help me answer these questions.
Lots of questions: Will the chemist stay? Was anything done to try and keep the centre here. Why such short notice to the patients? (about three weeks) Why no consultation? Couldn't the lease be extended? Is there any other reasons for the closure? Please help me answer these questions. Maveric
  • Score: 2

7:00pm Tue 11 Feb 14

comwgn says...

is the defunct fire brigade centre on Lingley Mere still unoccupied?


if so why not use it it is a public paid for building
is the defunct fire brigade centre on Lingley Mere still unoccupied? if so why not use it it is a public paid for building comwgn
  • Score: 0

10:22pm Tue 11 Feb 14

local man says...

And Orford park is full of packs of wild dogs - I'm sure I read it here...

But have to agree the parking is not enough already and it's a long way to go for none-drivers. Still MAD4IT will be along shortly to tell us the location of the nearest clap clinic.
And Orford park is full of packs of wild dogs - I'm sure I read it here... But have to agree the parking is not enough already and it's a long way to go for none-drivers. Still MAD4IT will be along shortly to tell us the location of the nearest clap clinic. local man
  • Score: 0

8:33am Wed 12 Feb 14

sankey100 says...

A bit more info / explanation :

The premises are apparently owned by the original partners of the gp surgery - Dr Shome and Dr Ganguly. There has apparently been an ongoing dispute between them (landlords) and Dr's Bhatnagar (tenants). This is why Dr's Bhatnagar tried to purchase alternative premises themselves back in 2012.

This is a commercial issue - nothing to do with the NHS.

In a bizarre twist, it would appear that the chemist building / land is owned, and not rented. They are believed to hope to continue trading. Good luck to them with that!

A more cynical person may think that there may be more to this than meets the eye....... once the current 'tenants' have been evicted, what plans could the current owners (who are doctors themselves) have for a purpose built GP surgery .......
A bit more info / explanation : The premises are apparently owned by the original partners of the gp surgery - Dr Shome and Dr Ganguly. There has apparently been an ongoing dispute between them (landlords) and Dr's Bhatnagar (tenants). This is why Dr's Bhatnagar tried to purchase alternative premises themselves back in 2012. This is a commercial issue - nothing to do with the NHS. In a bizarre twist, it would appear that the chemist building / land is owned, and not rented. They are believed to hope to continue trading. Good luck to them with that! A more cynical person may think that there may be more to this than meets the eye....... once the current 'tenants' have been evicted, what plans could the current owners (who are doctors themselves) have for a purpose built GP surgery ....... sankey100
  • Score: 10

10:16am Wed 12 Feb 14

MikeJT says...

How can people say that the parking in insufficient? Are they talking about the parking immediately in front of the building? What about the car park across the access road. Thats not Decathlon's car park, its parking for the hub and is usually empty. There is also an "overflow" car park the entrance to which is at the end of the access road.

The biggest problem that some of these patients may find is that although the surgery at Sankey and the one at the hub are part of the same practice, there are treatments given to patients at Sankey which are "no longer available on the NHS" to patients at Orford. Be warned!
How can people say that the parking in insufficient? Are they talking about the parking immediately in front of the building? What about the car park across the access road. Thats not Decathlon's car park, its parking for the hub and is usually empty. There is also an "overflow" car park the entrance to which is at the end of the access road. The biggest problem that some of these patients may find is that although the surgery at Sankey and the one at the hub are part of the same practice, there are treatments given to patients at Sankey which are "no longer available on the NHS" to patients at Orford. Be warned! MikeJT
  • Score: 0

10:53am Wed 12 Feb 14

brabazon says...

Don't forget that the No.17 bus no longer serves that Hub.
Don't forget that the No.17 bus no longer serves that Hub. brabazon
  • Score: -2

12:11pm Wed 12 Feb 14

SAC_in_Warrington says...

kay wrote:
What is going to happen to the premises which are being used at the moment?
Good question and I agree. The lessee should say the why medical centre are not continuing with a new lease. I would assume that either party hasn't agreed any new terms and conditions for future occupation, hence the change and impending relocation.
[quote][p][bold]kay[/bold] wrote: What is going to happen to the premises which are being used at the moment?[/p][/quote]Good question and I agree. The lessee should say the why medical centre are not continuing with a new lease. I would assume that either party hasn't agreed any new terms and conditions for future occupation, hence the change and impending relocation. SAC_in_Warrington
  • Score: -1

4:22pm Wed 12 Feb 14

medicx says...

Hello,

At Medicx Pharmacy we put the patient at the heart of everything that we do. We really do care and we are assisting patients by collecting and delivering prescriptions no matter where our patients may be registered and aim to do this in the future. The team at Medicx Pharmacy in Barrowhall can help with advice around the treatment of minor ailments, medication queries and all of your prescription needs.

We only have the information that is available in the public domain and were surprised by the recent news about the future of the surgery. We hope that the issues can be resolved and that we can continue to work alongside our GP colleagues in the future.

Kind Regards,

The Medicx Pharmacy Team
Hello, At Medicx Pharmacy we put the patient at the heart of everything that we do. We really do care and we are assisting patients by collecting and delivering prescriptions no matter where our patients may be registered and aim to do this in the future. The team at Medicx Pharmacy in Barrowhall can help with advice around the treatment of minor ailments, medication queries and all of your prescription needs. We only have the information that is available in the public domain and were surprised by the recent news about the future of the surgery. We hope that the issues can be resolved and that we can continue to work alongside our GP colleagues in the future. Kind Regards, The Medicx Pharmacy Team medicx
  • Score: 11

5:01pm Wed 12 Feb 14

Maveric says...

MikeJT wrote:
How can people say that the parking in insufficient? Are they talking about the parking immediately in front of the building? What about the car park across the access road. Thats not Decathlon's car park, its parking for the hub and is usually empty. There is also an "overflow" car park the entrance to which is at the end of the access road.

The biggest problem that some of these patients may find is that although the surgery at Sankey and the one at the hub are part of the same practice, there are treatments given to patients at Sankey which are "no longer available on the NHS" to patients at Orford. Be warned!
Thanks for the car parking issue Mike. Did not know about the other 2 areas to park.
[quote][p][bold]MikeJT[/bold] wrote: How can people say that the parking in insufficient? Are they talking about the parking immediately in front of the building? What about the car park across the access road. Thats not Decathlon's car park, its parking for the hub and is usually empty. There is also an "overflow" car park the entrance to which is at the end of the access road. The biggest problem that some of these patients may find is that although the surgery at Sankey and the one at the hub are part of the same practice, there are treatments given to patients at Sankey which are "no longer available on the NHS" to patients at Orford. Be warned![/p][/quote]Thanks for the car parking issue Mike. Did not know about the other 2 areas to park. Maveric
  • Score: 1

6:29pm Wed 12 Feb 14

thomaswalker2014 says...

In my opinion anyone who seen a doctor at this sugery might as well have not bothered. You'd probably get better advise going the chemist!
In my opinion anyone who seen a doctor at this sugery might as well have not bothered. You'd probably get better advise going the chemist! thomaswalker2014
  • Score: 1

6:52pm Mon 17 Feb 14

Maveric says...

I emailed both my councillors when I heard about the closure, asking if anything could be done to keep a doctors around Sankey. I have not had a reply!
I emailed both my councillors when I heard about the closure, asking if anything could be done to keep a doctors around Sankey. I have not had a reply! Maveric
  • Score: 2

2:34pm Sat 1 Mar 14

Blowers79 says...

sankey100 wrote:
A bit more info / explanation :

The premises are apparently owned by the original partners of the gp surgery - Dr Shome and Dr Ganguly. There has apparently been an ongoing dispute between them (landlords) and Dr's Bhatnagar (tenants). This is why Dr's Bhatnagar tried to purchase alternative premises themselves back in 2012.

This is a commercial issue - nothing to do with the NHS.

In a bizarre twist, it would appear that the chemist building / land is owned, and not rented. They are believed to hope to continue trading. Good luck to them with that!

A more cynical person may think that there may be more to this than meets the eye....... once the current 'tenants' have been evicted, what plans could the current owners (who are doctors themselves) have for a purpose built GP surgery .......
It makes little sense that two retired Dr's want to do anything other than have a surgery there. Doubt they want to work there as they would have just stayed. It is more likely that the existing practice tried to take advantage and chip the rent. They were then told where to go. The result is that the patient suffers. The question now is what would happen if a new set of Dr's wanted to move in to that surgery. Would the Local Authority say no?
[quote][p][bold]sankey100[/bold] wrote: A bit more info / explanation : The premises are apparently owned by the original partners of the gp surgery - Dr Shome and Dr Ganguly. There has apparently been an ongoing dispute between them (landlords) and Dr's Bhatnagar (tenants). This is why Dr's Bhatnagar tried to purchase alternative premises themselves back in 2012. This is a commercial issue - nothing to do with the NHS. In a bizarre twist, it would appear that the chemist building / land is owned, and not rented. They are believed to hope to continue trading. Good luck to them with that! A more cynical person may think that there may be more to this than meets the eye....... once the current 'tenants' have been evicted, what plans could the current owners (who are doctors themselves) have for a purpose built GP surgery .......[/p][/quote]It makes little sense that two retired Dr's want to do anything other than have a surgery there. Doubt they want to work there as they would have just stayed. It is more likely that the existing practice tried to take advantage and chip the rent. They were then told where to go. The result is that the patient suffers. The question now is what would happen if a new set of Dr's wanted to move in to that surgery. Would the Local Authority say no? Blowers79
  • Score: 0

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