Clanricarde Surgery merger with Abbey Court Medical Centre

3 August 2021

Dear patient

Dr Saad is stepping down from running the Abbey Court Medical Centre which is located on the third floor of the Abbey Court building. In order to secure the long-term provision of services to his existing patients it has been agreed that the partners at Clanricarde will take over responsibility for the practice followed shortly after with the merger of the two practices to form a single GP surgery.

It is anticipated that this will happen in September and the practices are eager to engage with the patients and service users to obtain their views about the future of the practices.

Why do we want a merger?

By taking over responsibility for the Abbey Court Medical Centre the partners are providing a commitment to ensure stability and success of the practices for the foreseeable future.

The formation of a single surgery will create consistency and will expand the services available to the registered patients of both practices. It will also allow for the expansion of existing services which are currently limited within the limited space at the site.

Through merging the contracts, we can streamline the data and finance flows as a single practice, and we can fully merge IT and medical records. This will help to provide continuous care to all patients.

The single IT system opens a number of benefits to the patients and the practice as bookings, appointment monitoring, intelligent patient monitoring i.e. identifying and proactively managing patients at high risk, become more efficient across the group.

Who are the practices?

Clanricarde provides services to a patient list of approximately 15,000 patients. It is run by eight partners (Drs Averill, Barrett, Kirk-Smith, Jones, Morris, Creed, Koshal and Myers-Lamptey) from the first and second floor of Abbey Court building on St John’s Road.

Abbey Court Medical Centre is a single-handed practice providing services to approximately 3,400 patients. The contract is currently held by Dr Saad.

Two new GPs have been recruited and will start at the end of the summer working from the practice

Name change

It is the intention of the merged practice to be renamed to The Wells Medical Practice from September 2021 to provide a new identity for the combined service.

Boundary changes

Currently the Abbey Court practice boundary extends into Southborough, Bidborough, Pembury and Speldhurst. We have applied to the CCG to limit the combined practice to the Clanricarde boundary which excludes these areas. This will have no impact on the patients already registered as they will still be welcome to receive our services. New patients will be asked to register with other practices. Fortunately these areas are well served by Waterfield House Surgery, Speldhurst & Greggswood Surgery,  St Andrew’ Medical Practice and Rusthall Medical Centre who are within our Primary Care Network and are aware of our request. They have no objections to this change.

Your feedback

We are eager to obtain patients’ views of our plans. Please can you provide your thoughts on this change by no later than 13 August 2021.

Please find attached a FAQ document which covers some points already raised by the practices’ PPGs.

We would like to hear your views regarding the merger please send your comments to your surgery marked for the attention of the following:

Denise Netherton (Clanricarde)

Karen Clarke (Abbey Court)

Yours

Drs Saad, Averill, Barrett, Kirk-Smith, Jones, Morris, Creed, Koshal and Myers-Lamptey

Partners: Dr N Averill, Dr S Thomas, Dr S Kirk-Smith, Dr M Jones, Dr V Koshal, Dr H Creed, Dr K Morris

Salaried GPs: Dr S Barrett, Dr R Myers-Lamptey, Dr L Hopkins, Dr Anna Wood, Dr Reshma Rajagopal

Practice Manager: Denise Netherton

Published: Aug 3, 2021