Patients that use the Upton Rocks Branch Surgery at Hale Village are being asked for their views on the potential closure.
The main Upton Rocks practice recently wrote to NHS Halton Clinical Commissioning Group requesting approval to close the branch surgery, which is open for three hours a week as it has become increasing difficult to maintain the service. This surgery is currently open on Wednesdays and Fridays from 1pm to 2.30pm.
The main reasons behind the request are operational and financial viability, as the practice have had difficulty in being able to staff the branch surgery and there are concerns regarding lone working in addition to the financial costs of running the branch surgery which is often underutilised.
In addition, the building is not fit for purpose and requires major improvements and repairs to meet the requirements of the Disability Discrimination Act.
A formal public consultation has been launched today which will run until 6th August 2018. This will give patients a chance to give their comments and views, all of which will help to inform the recommendations.
The consultation is available at https://www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/HaleVillage/ or a paper copy can be accessed from Hale Village GP Practice, Upton Rocks GP practice and from NHS Halton CCG, Runcorn Town Hall.
There is a dedicated Hale Village branch surgery Consultation webpage http://www.haltonccg.nhs.uk/get-involved/hale-village-gp-practice
In the meantime patients can continue to make appointments at Hale Village branch surgery as usual.