Gateshead surgery saved by private GP group

A Gateshead surgery has been saved from closure by a private GP group, according to Chronicle Live

A little good news for patients of the Blaydon GP Practice in Gateshead, following a slew of surgery closures across the country – the practice has been saved.

Over 2,000 patients will not have to find a new surgery following the news, reported by Chronicle Live, that NHS bosses have secured Blaydon’s future.

A new 10-year contract has been awarded to a private firm to keep the surgery going; CBC Health Ltd will ensure that the practice stays open, starting from October this year. CBC was formed by a group of practices within the Gateshead area and is dedicated to protecting local GP practices.

This victory is a testament to how speaking out against closures can work. NHS Newcastle Gateshead CCG listened to the concerns of the surgery’s 2,000 patients and made sure that Blaydon remained operational.

Dr Neil Morris, medical director at NHS Newcastle Gateshead CCG, said of the move:

“This is good news for patients, and good news for the practice who can now plan for the future with confidence.

“Many patients felt strongly that they receive a high standard of care and I am pleased that we have been able to secure the service for the future.

“We would like to thank everyone who has taken the time to provide their valuable feedback.”

Jill Mitchell, chief executive of CBC Health, added:

“As a local GP organisation, we are delighted to have been awarded the contract for the Blaydon GP Practice and will continue to provide a high quality primary care service to patients.

“This is an exciting time for the practice and we will be actively encouraging patients to register with the practice over the coming months.”

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