Patients 'deserve better' over GP closure in Sankey

Warrington Guardian: Patients 'deserve better' over GP closure  in Sankey Patients 'deserve better' over GP closure in Sankey

THE chief executive of Medicx Pharmacy has asked solicitors to look into the ‘lack of action’ of NHS England officials after doctors revealed Sankey Medical Centre would be closing.

As previously reported in the Warrington Guardian, patients were upset to hear the practice would be moving to Orford on Friday meaning a difficult journey for many elderly patients.

Steve Jeffers, from the Medicx chemist next to the surgery on Barrow Hall Lane, said patients deserve better and he has written to the NHS, councillors and Warrington South MP David Mowat complaining proper procedure for the closure has not been followed.

He added: “We have offered to act as brokers with the retired GPs who own the building and who are keen for a new GP practice to take over from Dr Bhatnagar and have been asking for assistance in re-commissioning medical service at the site with a new GP practice.

“The patients of Great Sankey deserve a better GP service than the alternatives being offered by NHS England at the moment and there is an obvious solution when a ready made medical centre is lying empty.”

Labour Great Sankey and Whittle Hall councillors met last week but said it appeared to be too late to change the decision and they would be calling for a conference to plan for the provision of health services in the west of Warrington.

Clr Tony Williams said: ""GP services across Great Sankey are under stress because of the growing local population. 

"I will be calling for a conference of the responsible agencies to plan for the provision of health services in the west of Warrington.”

A spokesman for NHS England, Cheshire Warrington and Wirral, said it had not been possible to reach a ‘viable agreement’ with the site landlord for the practice to continue at its current location.

He added: “We are currently working with Dr Bhatnager to make sure the transition of services for patients to the new site is as smooth as possible.

“Patients will be able to see the same GP as they did previously, thus ensuring continuity of care for them.”

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12:44pm Tue 25 Feb 14

SAC_in_Warrington says...

So the problem resolution is entirely in the hands of the Landlord, and he will find an alternative tenant, leave it empty (which I doubt) or possibly sell it at an inflated price.
So the problem resolution is entirely in the hands of the Landlord, and he will find an alternative tenant, leave it empty (which I doubt) or possibly sell it at an inflated price. SAC_in_Warrington
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2:07pm Tue 25 Feb 14

TherealLB says...

There are a number of issues here.
Firstly, why is it so completely and utterly IMPOSSIBLE to get an appointment at this surgery, where you are literally made to beg to see a GP, only to walk into a completely empty surgery waiting room EVERY SINGLE DAY? I must have the best timing in the world. I've always 'just missed the rush' and I've been registered there for 20 years!
Secondly, why did all the other local GP surgeries magically close their lists on the same day?
Thirdly, where is this magic bus service that goes from Sankey to Orford Park for the elderly, infirm and non drivers?
There is something VERY strange going on at this surgery. I've said it for years. And there's a lot more to this than meets the eye.
There are a number of issues here. Firstly, why is it so completely and utterly IMPOSSIBLE to get an appointment at this surgery, where you are literally made to beg to see a GP, only to walk into a completely empty surgery waiting room EVERY SINGLE DAY? I must have the best timing in the world. I've always 'just missed the rush' and I've been registered there for 20 years! Secondly, why did all the other local GP surgeries magically close their lists on the same day? Thirdly, where is this magic bus service that goes from Sankey to Orford Park for the elderly, infirm and non drivers? There is something VERY strange going on at this surgery. I've said it for years. And there's a lot more to this than meets the eye. TherealLB
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4:53pm Tue 25 Feb 14

Maveric says...

NHS England said “We are currently working with Dr Bhatnager to make sure the transition of services for patients to the new site is as smooth as possible"....
It sound like they have given up trying to get another practice on the site. Not much help to all the patients in Great Sankey.
NHS England said “We are currently working with Dr Bhatnager to make sure the transition of services for patients to the new site is as smooth as possible".... It sound like they have given up trying to get another practice on the site. Not much help to all the patients in Great Sankey. Maveric
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5:42pm Tue 25 Feb 14

SAC_in_Warrington says...

The bus that was referred to was the 17, however that service had its route changed recently and no longer travels to the Jubilee Center.
The bus that was referred to was the 17, however that service had its route changed recently and no longer travels to the Jubilee Center. SAC_in_Warrington
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