Patients in Bishopston, Ashley Down and Redland have been shocked to learn that the Bishopston Medical Practice, on Nevil Road, is to close.
After many years serving the local community the practice will close on September 30th, with patients being encouraged to register at another practice by the 1st September.
Tom Brook, Labour Co-op Councillor for Bishopston & Ashley Down, said: “I am very concerned about the closure of the Bishopston Medical Practice. This decision has been made with relatively little public input or knowledge and follows a number of years of decreasing NHS funding due to government cuts.
“Patients are being directed to one of five other local practices, however, there may not be room at these surgeries and this could leave many residents without access to a truly local GP service.
“The loss of the Nevil Road surgery could particularly affect elderly residents and those with limited mobility and transport. It may also put increasing pressure on the other GP surgeries in Horfield, Montpelier and Ashley Down.”
Cllr Brook is joining calls from local patients and campaigners who are asking the Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and NHS England to take all necessary steps to enable existing patients to retain permanent access to a local GP surgery.
The five alternative practices being suggested for patients to move to are Horfield, Monks Park, Fallodon Way, Gloucester Road and Montpelier.
Thangam Debbonaire, Labour MP for Bristol West, said: “I deeply regret the closure of Bishopston Medical Practice, and am disappointed that this is the conclusion of a long-running saga to find secure premises for this local GP surgery. I encourage everyone affected to attend the drop-in meetings to let the local Clinical Commissioning Group know your views, and I will be monitoring the transition of patients to neighbouring practices closely.
I remain deeply concerned at the rate of closure of GP and Primary Care facilities in Bristol. This is a vital part of our health service, which needs proper investment and support – especially in densely-populated areas like Bristol.”
If you are a patient at Bishopston Medical Practice and have concerns, contact Bristol, North Somerset & South Gloucestershire CCG directly either via phone on 0117 900 2655 or 0800 073 0907, or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org
The CCG are also holding drop-in meetings where patients can make their views heard:
• Tuesday 30th July, 14:00-16:00, The Bristol Pavilion (Cricket Ground)
• Wednesday 7th August, 15:00-17:00, The Memorial Stadium
• Tuesday 13th August, 17:00-19:30, The Memorial Stadium