The NHS is in the process of appointing a new management team for two GP practices in Bristol.
Both sets of partners at Bishopston Medical Practice in Bishopston, and Charlotte Keel Medical Practice in Easton, have decided to resign from their contracts.
BrisDoc, which already runs a range of services in Bristol including other GP surgeries, has been named as the “preferred bidder” as part of a formal procurement process.
NHS England and Bristol Clinical Commissioning Group hope to finalise arrangements soon for BrisDoc to start running Bishopston Medical Practice on 10 February 2018, and Charlotte Keel Medical Practice on 1 April 2018, for two years.
This is a tried-and-tested way of stabilising practices so the NHS can work with patients to look at the options for the longer term.
Once the new management team is in place, we will work with patients, the wider community and other health and care services, to work out what services the practices and local areas need for the future.
The process to find a long-term solution for the practices will also go hand in hand with lots of work we are doing to support GPs to work more closely with other organisations and health professionals in wider groups or networks.
This will aim to reduce bureaucracy, create greater economies of scale and give patients greater access to a wider range of tests, treatments and appointments.
"We are absolutely committed to securing the best care for patients at Bishopston and Charlotte Keel. While we urgently finalise arrangements for a replacement management team, it will be business as usual at the surgeries. We’ll then work closely with patients, staff and other stakeholders on what services are needed for the future."
- Debra Elliott, NHS England South West Commissioning Director
"We’re working closely with NHS England to find a long-term solution for patients at the surgeries. The long-term solution goes hand in hand with the work we are doing across Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire to increase sustainability of primary care by supporting GP practices to work closer together."
- Dr Martin Jones, Bristol Clinical Commissioning Group Chair
Other services based at Charlotte Keel Health Centre, such as health visiting, district nursing, pharmacy and dentistry, are run by other organisations. They are not part of this arrangement and are not affected in any way.
NHS England and Bristol Clinical Commissioning Group have written to patients at both practices, notifying them of the changes. These letters should arrive early next week.
Get in touch
Patients can contact NHS England to ask questions by:
Calling: 0113 825 5299
Writing: NHS England South West Primary Care Medical Team, South Plaza, Marlborough Street, Bristol, BS1 3NX