Securing future for Circuit Lane Surgery

The issue:
In September 2014, five GPs running Circuit Lane Surgery in Southcote tendered their resignation and gave notice that they would end their contract for providing services in January 2015.
Achievements to date:
  • Alok organised a public meeting with NHS England to answer questions from concerned patients about the future of the surgery and the commissioning process to find a new provider.
  • Alok formed a Working Group to provide regular feedback to NHS England on local patients’ views and priorities throughout the commissioning process. The Working Group included representatives from NHS England, the local Clinical Commissioning Group, the Circuit Lane Patient Participation Group, the local Health and Well Being Board, Healthwatch Reading and Alok.
  • Alok welcomed the news that local health provider, Berkshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, have been selected as an interim provider of services and will keep the surgery open on Circuit Lane.
  • Alok chaired a further update meeting in December for patients to hear about the new provider’s plans for the surgery. During the meeting it was announced that four of the existing five GPs would continue working at the surgery.
Next steps:
Alok will monitor the situation at Circuit Lane Surgery to ensure patients continue to receive excellent treatment and continuity of care.
Alok says:
“I know from speaking to patients at Circuit Lane Surgery that the most pressing issue is that they continue to receive an excellent service and that the care that they receive is not disrupted in any way. I am therefore absolutely delighted that Dr Horne, Dr Jarman, Dr Garside and Dr Adams will all be continuing their work at the surgery and that we have a new provider with an excellent track record providing other local services and one committed to taking on additional doctors to serve patients at the surgery.”