Updated 18 April 2017
Brune Medical Centre, Forton Medical Centre, Stoke Road Medical Centre and Waterside Medical Centre in Gosport have joined forces to work together as one organisation: The Willow Group, serving around 40,000 patients.
The move continues the collaborative work that is happening under the Better Local Care programme. All four practices are already involved in successful joint initiatives such as the Same Day Access Service at the Gosport War Memorial Hospital, which offers patients of participating practices same-day appointments with a range of clinicians, signposting to other services, and combined Child Health Clinics for new mums which provide an opportunity to see a Health Visitor, the GP and the Practice Nurse all in the same morning.
There are currently no planned changes to services for patients – initially, patients will remain registered with their own surgery but will benefit from increased access to other sites and their respective specialisms should they wish to do so. The proposed name for the new group is The Willow Group.
The merger comes as falling GP numbers and a lack of replacement GPs has led to many Gosport practices being under increased pressure.
Dr Stuart Morgan, a GP and the group’s clinical lead, said: “Over the past 18 months, the difficult situation in Gosport has led to GPs working together more closely, both in partnership with Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust as well as on Better Local Care pilots for the benefit of patients.
“We strongly believe that by working as one organisation we will improve resilience to the capacity challenges we’re experiencing, and not only improve access to care for our residents, but also the range of care we can deliver.”
Brune Medical Centre and Forton Medical Centre have been in partnership with Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust since 2016 and Waterside Medical Centre and Stoke Road Medical Centre joined in 2017.
Learn more by visiting the Willow Group website, downloading the frequently asked questions, or the patient flyer.