Pa­tients in shock as GP told to move out

Southport Visiter - - Front Page - BY EMILIA BONA emilia.bona@trin­i­tymir­ror.com @emil­i­abona

PA­TIENTS in Tar­leton and Hes­keth Bank have been shocked by the news that their doc­tor’s surgery is fac­ing clo­sure.

The 2,500 pa­tients served by Dr Mark Hin­dle at the Vi­ran Med­i­cal Cen­tre could be left with­out their GP when the lease on the Hes­keth Lane surgery in Tar­leton ends in June.

Hun­dreds have al­ready signed an on­line pe­ti­tion to en­sure a new home is found for the prac­tice.

The surgery was sec­ond on an NHS Choices list of Lan­cashire surg­eries as­sessed by pa­tient sat­is­fac­tion last year, with 93.7% say­ing they would rec­om­mend it to oth­ers.

But Dr Hin­dle has been given no­tice to leave the premises and de­spite search­ing for a new build­ing he has been left with nowhere to work.

Speak­ing on BBC Ra­dio Lan­cashire, Dr Hin­dle ex­plained: “I’ve been un­able to se­cure premises for the fu­ture and I’ve got a con­tract with the NHS.

“I would be un­able to pro­vide the ser­vices un­der that con­tract if I was to be with­out premises, so I’ve had to serve a no­tice to hand the con­tract back.”

The GP said he did not want to leave his surgery and that he “re­ally en­joyed be­ing a GP in this area”.

But if he is un­able to find new premises, his pa­tients will be left with­out their doc­tor.

Dr Hin­dle said that un­der these cir­cum­stances: “The re­spon­si­bil­ity will be for NHS Eng­land or the Care Qual­ity Com­mis­sion (CCQ), or maybe both, to look af­ter them”.

Lynn Crompton is the chair of the pa­tient par­tic­i­pa­tion group for the surgery. Also speak­ing on BBC Ra­dio Lan­cashire, she said: “This is a grow­ing area with lots of house build­ing go­ing on; this is an area with an el­derly pop­u­la­tion.

“There is a high foot­fall through the door of peo­ple met by ex­tremely friendly and help­ful staff.

She added: “Clos­ing this prac­tice is not an op­tion.”

The pe­ti­tion to pro­vide a GP prac­tice in Hes­keth Bank to en­sure the conti- nu­ity of care for pa­tients from the prac­tice has gained hun­dreds of sig­na­tures on­line.

The pe­ti­tion, set up by Angela Crop­per, reads: “In light of the very sad new that Dr Hin­dle has ter­mi­nated his con­tract with NHS Eng­land with ef­fect from June 30, 2017 due to on­go­ing is­sues with the fu­ture lo­ca­tion of the prac­tice.

“We ur­gently need you to find al­ter­na­tive ac­com­mo­da­tion so that Dr Hin­dle can con­tinue to of­fer the high­est qual­ity GP care to his pa­tients.”

The Vi­ran Med­i­cal Cen­tre, in Hes­keth Lane, Tar­leton, is to close when the lease ex­pires in June

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