Changes to the Practice

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