Image above: Grove Park GP surgery
Merger delayed because of lack of consultation
A public meeting has been arranged to discuss the merger of three of Chiswick’s GP practices, following complaints from patients of the Grove Park Surgery that there had been insufficient consultation.
The merger of Wellesley Road, Grove Park, and Chiswick Family Doctors surgeries was expected to be rubber stamped at a meeting last week of the North West London ICS – ‘Integrated Community Care System’, which oversees GPs’ contracts, but Chair of the Grove Park Surgery Patients Group James Armitage told them patients had not had sufficient opportunity to examine or understand what the merger would mean.
The North West London ICS decided to delay the merger so that there could be a proper consultation.
The three surgeries want to combine their resources under the banner of the newly formed ‘Chiswick Medical Practice’. The idea is to streamline and optimise services, promising patients access to a broader range of clinicians, nursing staff, and healthcare assistants.
They hope to be able to offer increased appointment availability, more proactive care, reduced call queues, and improved handling of requests. Patients would still have the option to be seen by their regular GPs and clinical staff. A single unified website is planned, to provide patients with comprehensive information about Chiswick Medical Practice and its range of services.
Meeting Wednesday 4 October at 6.30pm at Chiswick Methodist Church
Chair of the Grove Park Surgery Patients Group James Armitage
The event on Wednesday will be for one hour and there will be a short section for Q and A at the end, said James Armitage.
‘If you are unable to attend face to face, and space may be limited, but wish to still join the event, the surgery has provided the following link so people can join online using Microsoft Teams via the link below:
Click here to join the meeting: Teams
Meeting ID: 357 895 048 01
The meeting is on Wednesday 4 October at 6.30pm at Chiswick Methodist Church, Sutton Court Road, Chiswick W4 4NL.
‘They say further meeting will be held’, said James, ‘but we do not know the revised date (from last Monday) when the NHS Borough Executive Group will meet to approve the merger.’