Briefing concerning forthcoming closure of Belgrave Surgery

The Stn has received the following letter from the Leicester City Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG)  regarding the closure of the Belgrave Surgery – it may not directly affect residents of Syston, but some of you may have relatives that it will affect, so please share this information with anyone you know who maybe affected by this closure. Any comments or for further information, please contact the CCG via the links below.

We are writing to inform you that, regrettably, Belgrave Surgery, at 13 Loughborough Road in
Leicester, is due to close on 30th April 2018. Dr Bapodra and Dr Singh, the partners at the
practice, have informed the CCG that they wish to resign from their contract to provide
medical services on 30th April 2018, which unfortunately means that the practice will have to
close.
Dr Bapodra no longer wants to be a contract holder and, as Dr Singh is the only other GP on
the General Medical Services (GMS) contract, and he does not want to be a single-handed
contract holder, together they have made the decision to resign from the contract.
The CCG has discussed other options with the practice, however this discussion did not yield
any feasible options for continuing to provide a GP practice at this site, for the following
reasons:
* Dr Singh does not want to continue with the contract at Loughborough Road
*  The practice do not want to take on a new partner for the service to continue at this site
* Dr Bapodra owns the premises and has confirmed that the premises will not be available
for future use as a GP practice, as he is looking to sell the property once the contract
ends.
Therefore the practice will close on 30th April 2018.
Our priority is to ensure that the practice’s 3007 registered patients continue to be able to use
the services of a GP practice from 1st May 2018. The CCG has just written to them all,
encouraging them to let us know how this practice closure will affect them and to share any
concerns or suggestions, so that we can take account of their views and respond accordingly.
There are a number of ways in which people can share their views. Patients can complete a
survey online at https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/BelgraveSurgery. Patients may also call a
member of the CCG Primary Care Team on 0116 295 1469 (between Monday – Friday 9am
and 5pm) if they would like the survey to be completed on their behalf over the phone. The
survey will close on Sunday 4th February 2018.
The CCG has also arranged two patient information sessions, where people will have the
opportunity to ask questions, share suggestions and concerns. The sessions will both be held
at Belgrave Surgery, on the following dates:
* 8.30 to 10.00am on Monday 8th January 2018
* 3.30 to 5.00pm on Wednesday 24th January 2018.
Speakers of Gujarati and Hindi will be available at each session, to reflect the languages
spoken by many of the affected patients.
The CCG would also encourage partner organisations and stakeholders to share suggestions
as to how any adverse impact on patients can be reduced. To this end, you are invited to take
part in the survey or to contact the CCG to arrange a meeting in order to discuss the closure
and explore options.
Please contact the Primary Care Team at the CCG on 0116 295 1469 if you could like to
follow this up.
The CCG is committed to making sure that patients receive the best possible care and
continue to have access to a local GP and the full range of services that they provide. We
would like to reassure patients that they will not be left without a GP, as there is choice of
practices within the Belgrave area where patients may register.
The CCG will be keeping patients fully informed throughout the process and will be writing to
all affected patients again in February, after the survey has closed, with further information
about registering with a new practice.
Your support in communicating this message to affected patients and the wider public would
be much appreciated.
Further information and any enquiries regarding the content of this briefing may be directed to
[email protected] or by calling Leicester City CCG on 0116 295 1469.
Kind regards,
Richard Morris
Director of Operations & Corporate Affairs
Leicester City Clinical Commissioning Group