GP surgeries look set to merge

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Haverhill’s town centre Stourview Medical Centre is likely to merge with Dr Selby & Partners’ Christmas Maltings Surgery in Camps Road, claims county councillor Tony Brown.

The UKIP councillor said the news was reported at a recent meeting of the West Suffolk Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) where it was revealed the two surgeries would be merged.

Mr Brown said he has seen on Facebook that patients had already been told the news.

But a closure has been denied by NHS England. Katie Norton, Director of Commissioning for NHS England, East Anglia said: “We can confirm that there are no plans to close Stourview Health Centre in Haverhill. Any changes in GP services would be subject to appropriate consultation with patients”.

The Christmas Maltings surgery which could merge is run by Dr Selby and Partners. The surgeries declined to comment as the Echo went to press yesterday, but today Stourview moved to assure patients that the surgery would not be closed. The Patient Liaison Group is being consulted.

Mr Brown said: “It is not an ideal situation for Haverhill to have a surgery close. Stourview is very popular with patients and it will be a great loss to the town.”

He said managers at the two practises would have begun advising patients about the surgeries merging since the CCG meeting took place on June 6.

At the same CCG meeting it was reported that Haverhill will see an increase in the number of health care services in future with proposed “outreach clinics” being provided.

A number of outreach clinics will be opened across the region as part of the future strategy of West Suffolk Hospital.

It was also announced Haverhill would be getting an electrocardiogram (ECG) machine.