Councillors to question GP numbers in Carlton
A health scrutiny panel will examine pressures on GP services in Carlton after a practice was shut down by the Care Quality Commission.
Willows Medical Centre, in Church Street, was closed in June last year after a healthcare assistant posed as a doctor and carried out internal examinations without being qualified.
Council papers published ahead of a meeting of the joint city/county health scrutiny committee on Tuesday, April 18, show that some councillors have concerns about GP provision in the area following the closure of the practice.
The committee has asked that Nottingham North and East Clinical Commissioning Group, responsible for contracting services in Gedling, provide details of GP capacity so that it can decide whether the issue requires further scrutiny.
A report from the CCG shows that 3,512 patients were affected by the closure of the Willows Medical Centre, and that all but 496 of them have registered at a different practice. The document shows that there are seven GP practices in Carlton, six of which have seen an increase in the number of registered patients since June last year.
The responses of a patient survey, collected on Wednesday, February 1, show that the majority “have not noticed a significant impact” following the closure of the Willows Medical Centre and that concern about access to GP surgeries “appears to be at a similar level as is the case nationally”.
Gedling MP Vernon Coaker had previously expressed concern about the potential impact of the closure of the practice on patients, but he said he is yet to hear of anything that troubles him. He said: “Having been reassured that there isn’t a problem following the closure of the Willows Medical Centre, I will contact the CCG and ask them for an update on the situation.
Practice name Patient list on June 1, 2016 Patient list of January 1, 2017
Trentside Medical Centre 11652 11727
Westdale Lane Surgery 7693 7947
Plains View Surgery 6069 6313
Peacock Practice 5237 5909
Unity Surgery 3773 3729
West Oak Surgery 5406 5563
Park House Medical Centre 7759 9432
“I think the other practices have done a brilliant job. I haven’t had anyone come to me and say they have had a problem, but I think it’s worth me going back to the CCG for an update.”
Rachael Rees, the CCG’s head of primary care, said: “Any patients wishing to register with a GP practice in Carlton are able to do so. All practices continue to take on new patients, with the exception of Peacock Healthcare, which has temporarily closed its list.
“All practices that took on extra patients, following the closure of the Willows Medical Centre in 2016, received additional funds to support the increase and the associated recruitment of additional staff, with further funding opportunities to support them through the winter pressures. “We are continually monitoring access to primary care services across Carlton and plan to run a further patient engagement exercise of the summer. This engagement will look at access to primary care across the whole Nottingham North and East area.”
The joint city/county health scrutiny committee will meet at County Hall, in West Bridgford, on Tuesday, April 18.
Family funeral service AW Lymn, whose head office is based in Robin Hood Street in St Ann’s, has submitted an application to turn the former Willows Medical Centre into a funeral parlour and flats.
Source Nottingham Post