Changes to the Practice

Shakespeare Road Medical Practice – New name for Bermuda and Marlowe

From 1 April, 2021, the Bermuda and Marlowe Practice will be renamed the Shakespeare Road Medical Practice.

The change of name will not affect patients registered at Bermuda and Marlowe.

Bramblys Grange Medical Partnership are taking over the provision of General Practitioner services at the Bermuda and Marlowe Practice from 1 April 2021.

They had already successfully applied to take on the day-to-day running of the practice from 1 October 2021 – on a permanent basis – but they have now been awarded a short term ‘caretaker’ contract to ensure services continue to be safely delivered for all patients from the earlier date of 1 April 2021.

We would like to assure you the Bermuda and Marlowe Practice will remain open and you will continue to be able access appointments and healthcare services as usual.

More information for patients at Bermuda and Marlowe Practice can be viewed in our letter below:

22nd March 2021

Latest news on Bermuda and Marlowe Practice from North Hampshire CCG

North Hampshire Clinical Commissioning Group (NHCCG) has confirmed that the Bramblys Grange Medical Practice will take over the provision of General Practitioner services at the Bermuda and Marlowe Practice from 1 April 2021.

Bramblys Grange had already successfully applied to take on the day-to-day running of the practice from 1 October 2021 – on a permanent basis – but they have now also been awarded a short term ‘caretaker’ contract to provide services for you from the earlier date of 1 April 2021.

The practice will continue to operate throughout this period, and patients registered at Bermuda and Marlowe do not need to do anything. Responsibility for your care will transfer automatically to the Bramblys Grange Medical Practice on 1 April 2021. Please note, this does not affect where you receive your care – your surgery remains the Bermuda & Marlowe Practice, and you should continue using the same contact details as before, for all enquiries. You do not need to do anything differently – the aim is to avoid any disruption to you, and your registration to the new provider will take place automatically.

Dr Matt Nisbet, GP and clinical lead for Business and Partnerships at the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Partnership of CCGs, said: “Bramblys Grange are delighted to be taking on the Bermuda and Marlowe Practice in partnership with North Hampshire CCG and in close collaboration with our patients and the local population.”

“Our focus remains the same – making sure people in the area have easy access to good, safe services. We have been supporting the current contract providers to improve services at Bermuda and Marlowe– and we believe there are some signs of progress now – and that work continues with Bramblys Grange, who are committed to serving the area.”

Andrew Smythe, Executive Manager at Bramblys GrangeMedical Partnership said: “This is a fantastic opportunity to make a real difference to the health of the local population and to look at new ways of providing services to best meet the needs of the local people.”

“Bramblys Grange are looking forward to working with patients and partners to develop the range of services they offer. This will include looking at what patients said when the CCG sought their views about services at the practice and taking these into account as future ones are developed.”

15th February 2021

Your GP practice is being supported by the NHS North Hampshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) to improve services for all patients.

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) has recently published a new report into our services, highlighting a number of areas which need to be addressed.

The CCG is providing us with significant levels of support – both in terms of strengthening our frontline services, and our ‘back office’ as well. We have the teams we need in place, and that support means we can focus on getting services right for our patients, quickly.

Both ourselves, and the CCG, are absolutely committed to delivering improvements – both now, and to help the practice develop for the long-term. It is great news that the process of securing new contract holders is well advanced.

A local GP practice with a strong track record is already preparing to take up the contract to provide your care from October 2021, and the CCG will bring in a temporary team to run services in the six months prior to that. The future of the practice will be in safe hands.

We appreciate that the findings of the Care Quality Commission review – carried out virtually in December 2020 – are not what anyone would want to see, but we are all working hard so that the new owners will be taking over a practice which is moving in the right direction, and making the positive changes you want to see.

19th January 2021

Dear patients,

There have been some positive developments regarding the future ownership of this practice, which we wanted to share with you.

Last November we informed you all that our contract would come to an end on 31 March, 2021, and that we had mutually agreed with NHS North Hampshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) that the contract would not be renewed after that point.

Since then, the CCG has been seeking a new organisation to provide you, our patients, with care in the future.

We can now confirm that another local practice – Bramblys Grange – has been successful in this process, and the practice is now working with NHS North Hampshire CCG to finalise the contractual arrangements. Bramblys Grange will take ownership of this practice on 1st October 2021. Their contract will be permanent, so you can all be reassured that the long-term future of the practice is secure.

Fundamentally, that is the outcome which everyone wanted and we hope that this is welcome news for you all.

Bramblys Grange will need a little time to take over the running of our practice, and as a result a GP-led ‘caretaker’ organisation will step in from 1st April 2021 for a period of six months. This will guarantee that you can still get the care you need, while in the background preparations are made so that the Bramblys Grange team can complete the permanent transfer, as smoothly as possible.

You will, of course, be kept fully updated throughout this process.

30th December 2020

From April 2021, the practice will be under new management, and the local NHS is currently lining up new providers to take over the long-term running of all our services.

When we can name the organisation taking over your care, we will inform you immediately.

Please be assured that there is no need for you to do anything in the meantime, and we ask you not to try to register as patients elsewhere unless that is unavoidable – not only is it unnecessary because the long-term future of our practice will be secure, it also risks adding to the pressures on other local GP surgeries when they are already busy.

We wish all our patients a happy and peaceful new year, and we will be back in touch with you all soon.

23 December 2020

Please note the practice is currently not accepting new patients.

The practice can only register newborn babies, and newly fostered or adopted children of patients already registered with the practice.

Anyone else seeking to register as a patient locally should instead contact one of the other practices in the area, which are currently taking on new patients:

  • Beggarwood Surgery
  • Brambly Grange Medical Practice
  • Camrose, Gillies and Hackwood Partnership
  • Chineham Medical Practice
  • Clift Surgery
  • Crown Heights Medical Centre
  • Odiham Health Centre
  • Tadley Medical Partnership
  • Watership Down Health

We apologise for the inconvenience.

12 November 2020

Dear patients,

We wanted to update you regarding some possible changes to the ownership of this practice, in the future.

It is important to stress right at the outset that these potential changes do not relate to where you will receive care – they are simply concerned with who will run the practice after 31 March 2021.

Unlike most GP practices, our organisation has a time-limited (not open-ended) contract to provide care to our patients. The current contract ends at the end of March 2021 and we have agreed with NHS North Hampshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) that the contract will not be renewed after that date.

Given that, the CCG is now working to ensure that a new organisation or group of doctors takes over the care of you, our patients. Another local practice – Bramblys Grange – has expressed a strong interest in taking on the contract for the long term, and those talks are at an advanced stage although there is a need to follow proper process before any final decisions are made.

The CCG is seeking a permanent arrangement with Bramblys Grange, or any other organisation which might come forward, so I hope you are assured that the long-term future for you is positive.

The overriding priority for us, and the CCG, is to ensure that all patients can keep receiving care, without interruption. To that end, a GP-led ‘caretaker’ organisation will step in from April, for between 6-12 months. This is purely to guarantee that there is enough time for the permanent transfer of the practice to a new provider to take place smoothly.

Of course, you may have questions about the future, and there will be further updates from us in due course to keep you fully informed. All parties involved are seeking a permanent, positive outcome for the practice which will benefit all of our patients.

Best regards,
Bermuda and Marlowe Practice