Update of the meeting held on Friday 11 March. Once again a very good attendance thanks to all who made it.
Unfortunately we have not achieved the outcome we all wanted, the Surgery will close, but not for approximately six months.

Dr Watson attended and Diane Henson went through all the points we raised last time with some assistance from Dr Watson. Unfortunately as we all felt, this decision had been financially decided before it was announced to the villagers of Allington. There are procedures to follow within the NHS service, the surgery has to put their decision to NHS England for approval, to change their contract.

The closure of Allington and Marston, we are told by Dr Watson, should mean more appointments in Long Bennington being available. Dr Watson gave the assurance that home visits would not be cut and any patient unable to attend a clinic could request a home visit. Telephone consultations were also discussed and we were told that it was very unusual that patients did not get a call back if requested.

There will be some updates to the Surgery systems which should help the Doctors keep more focus on the patients and a new Dispensary Manager will take up duties in May. It is the plan to look in greater detail as to how the appointment system can accommodate patients without transport, this point has gone back with Dr Watson for further discussion. Also for discussion will be the distribution of medications. One method being discussed by the Partners, is delivery from the surgery.

Diane Henson also discussed the Community Car Scheme for attending appointments. Which she pointed out could help residents in many ways and is worth discussing. I propose, when I have received the next phase of answers I will let you all know. We can then arrange a meeting to discuss the results and transport with all interested parties

This item was submitted by Sue Marvin who can be contacted on 01400 283516 – email Semmarvin@hotmail.co.uk

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