Patients in Ledbury will soon benefit from a single joint team operating across both the St Katherine’s and Market Street General Practice locations.
St Katherine’s will form a new partnership with Taurus Healthcare Ltd that will bring both practices together from February 2020 to ensure the continued provision of General Practice services from both premises.
The aim of this is to ensure sustainable GP services for the residents of Ledbury and surrounding area.
Dr Wendy Hunter (senior) partner at St Katherines surgery has welcomed the news and said: “This is an exciting opportunity for all surgery staff at both premises to work together with our colleagues at Taurus and the local CCG to ensure that GP services continue to be maintained and improved for patients in Ledbury and the surrounding area.
Nigel Fraser Chairman of Taurus Healthcare Ltd said: ‘The coming together of both GP practices to provide services for the Ledbury community is positive news for local residents. Both practices working together as one team will provide resilience and a strong foundation to maintain delivery of high quality general practice to patients. We are looking forward to the significant opportunity this new partnership allows. ‘
Dr Ian Tait, GP and Clinical Chair for NHS Herefordshire Clinical Commissioning Group said: “We are pleased to be supporting the two practices as they come together under one contract to ensure the continued viability of both practices in Ledbury.
“This is good news for patients and will ensure that primary care services can support the new developments in the area with increased resilience.”
For more information contact Liz Chandler at Taurus Healthcare on 01432 262658.
Frequently Asked Questions
How will this benefit patients?
We believe this merger will provide the opportunity to improve patient care by:
Will patients need to re-register?
No, currently registered patients will not be required to register again.
Will patients still be able to see my own doctor?
Yes, depending on availability as usual. Patients will also be able to book with any of the other healthcare staff too, including the pharmacist, Primary Care Practitioners, practice nurses and health care assistants.
Will any staff be made redundant as part of these changes?
No, no staff will be made redundant as a result of the new partnership.
How do I find out more?
We will publish responses to queries and further information as we develop through news bulletins in practices, on our websites and social media (Facebook) pages:
How can patients feedback or get involved?
All comments and queries about our new organisation are welcome. Patients can feedback through Patient Participation Groups or email firstname.lastname@example.org or write to either practice. We will not be able to respond individually but will publish responses through the channels above.