Fears raised over Spalding surgeries which have 40,000 patients with 13 doctors
Fears have been raised that our under pressure doctor’s surgeries will not be able to cope with thousands more patients - as figures show how many people they are already looking after.
Beechfield and Munro Medical Centres in Spalding are already looking after almost 40,000 patients with a total of 13 doctors between them.
Spalding GP Surgery, based at the Johnson Hospital in Pinchbeck, is due to end its service in weeks as Lincolnshire Community Health Service’s contract comes to an end - but that leaves 3,000-plus people needing to find a new doctor.
This comes as the hospitals serving our area are also under pressure - with hundreds of beds taken up by medically fit patients who cannot be discharged due to a lack of social care issues.
Lincolnshire Integrated Care Board is running a consultation into Spalding GP Surgery, with the first event held last night - but the launch was bungled by a ‘delay’ in sending out notification letters to patients.
Beechfield has 19,700 patients and eight doctors while Munro has approximately 20,000 on its books and five GPs. Both surgeries have nurses and paramedics to support GPs.
South Holland district councillor Angela Newton, who feels the health service has gone back on promises made when Pennygate Surgery closed, does not feel the remaining two surgeries will be able to cope with an influx of new patients.
She said: “We’d need some assurance or guarantee that they are adequately resourced to look after us properly.”
Earlier this year, we revealed that South Holland has just 49 GPs to cater for the whole district.
Frustrated patient and former NHS worker George Scott has launched a campaign to save Spalding GP Surgery.
He said: “This is going to put pressure on the other surgeries. People will take desperate action (to see a doctor) and phone 999 or just turn up at a hospital which is going to affect them. This is really not thought through.”
Healthwatch Lincolnshire has previously said that local GPs have been aware for a long time that their services as fragile with rising patient numbers and more complex cases to handle.
l For more on the Spalding GP Surgery story, see page 11