Linden Road Surgery Partnership to join with Putnoe Medical Centre Partnership
In order to keep on top of the challenges we face in Primary Care we are continually looking at ways we can improve and maintain the services we provide to our patients. Many other practices are facing serious problems with recruiting GPs, Nurses and Practice Managers. Here at Linden Road Surgery we are fortunate to be fully staffed. Our Patient Satisfaction Surveys tell us that our patients are happy with the services we provide to our 3800 registered patients.
However, we cannot be complacent and are mindful of the Governments drive to ask Practices to become larger organisations in order that they can meet the challenges ahead. With this in mind the Linden Road Surgery GP Partnership is joining with the local Putnoe Medical Centre Partnership from the 1 October 2016. This will strengthen both Practices and enable us to share expertise and economies of scale.
Putnoe Medical Centre has six GP Partners, Dr Bharat Mehta, Dr Emmanuel Ochola, Dr Sudha Elangovan, Dr Amjad Khan, Dr Tunde Ogunyiluka and Dr Ankur Khandelwal. They have 12000 registered patients and a walk in centre.
We want to reassure you that this will have very little direct impact on the patients in both surgeries. You will still be seen here at Linden Road Surgery, your registered Practice and likewise for those patients registered at Putnoe Medical Centre. The only difference is that you may see a nurse or doctor from Putnoe Health Centre working here occasionally.
The main change will be in administration and Practice Management where we can use our combined skills to function more efficiently.
We appreciate you may have queries or concerns. There is a list of Frequently Asked Questions below but if you would like to meet with us to talk about this further we invite you to do so at our forthcoming Patient Open Evening on Monday 12th September 7-9pm.
Frequently Asked Questions
- Why do you need to join with another Partnership?
We don’t need to join but the future Government plans are that they want to see much larger GP Practices. It will then become increasingly difficult for smaller practices to compete with the larger ones. It will also allow us to better utilise our administration and management staff.
- What difference will this make to the patients at Linden Road Surgery?
There will be very little noticeable change to our patients. We occasionally will see some of the doctors from Putnoe Medical Centre work at Linden Road and their HCA’s may occasionally work here.
- Can Putnoe patients be seen at Linden Road Surgery and vice versa?
No, patients must continue to be seen at their usual, registered practice. However, Linden Road patients can continue to be seen in the Walk In Centre which has always seen any patient regardless of where they are registered.
- Why have you chosen to join with Putnoe Medical Centre Partnership?
Because we have enjoyed a positive informal working relationship in the past with them and wish to develop this further. Most importantly we share the same patient-centred values and vision for the future.
- What do the Patient Participation Groups in both Practices feel about this change?
In both Practices the response has been very positive and they appreciate how it will benefit patients and staff in the future.
- Will you still be taking on patients?
Yes, both Practices will continue to register new patients who wish to register with either Putnoe Medical Centre or Linden Road Surgery. We continually review our appointment numbers to ensure they increase as our list size grows.
- Who can we speak to if we still have unanswered questions about this?
You are invited to attend our Patient Open Evening on Monday 12 September 2016 7-9pm.