The three GP partners at Waterloo House Surgery in Millom have provided notice of their intent to step back from the management of the GP contract with Morecambe Bay Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG).
Dr Richard Walker, Dr O AK Adebayo (Dr Fola) and Dr Craig Stangroom have been GP partners at Waterloo House Surgery for several years and now wish to focus more on the clinical side of their roles.
They will continue, along with University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust (UHMBT), to deliver services as normal until the contract comes to an end on 31 May 2022. After May 2022 the three GPs will continue to provide clinical care to patients at the surgery, but this will be under a new Provider management arrangement.
Dr Richard Walker from Waterloo House Surgery said: “Over the last few years we have worked with our partner UHMBT to develop a modern sustainable primary care service in Millom. This included the move to a purpose-built GP premises. The next step in the practice’s resilience plan is to develop a new leadership model which will enable alternative and additional clinical management provision to be found to bolster the current staffing at Waterloo House Surgery.
“All three of us will continue as doctors at Waterloo House Surgery, but not in a leadership and management role. We will work closely with local stakeholders to drive for better care in Millom.”
The CCG and wider system partners are supportive of this step and are extremely grateful for the significant contribution that the GPs have played and will continue to play in the provision of a GP service in Millom.
Kate Hudson, Head of Primary Care at Morecambe Bay CCG said: “We have received notification from the three GP partners at Waterloo House Surgery that their contract to provide services will come to an end on 31 May 2022.
“We are working very closely with them and UHMBT to ensure patients will have access to continued services. Waterloo House Surgery will remain fully open, and patients can continue to access the surgery as normal. Patients registered with the practice will be contacted directly with further information about the changes to the management and running of the practice over the coming weeks and months.
“The CCG will continue to ensure access to GP services for all patients in Morecambe Bay, including those who are patients at Waterloo House Surgery. A paper is being prepared for our Primary Care Commissioning Committee in January which will detail the next steps in obtaining Clinical Leadership and Managerial Provision for the surgery.
“It is our aim to ensure that all of our communities have access to the highest quality GP services possible and we will continue to keep patients fully informed and involved throughout the process.
There will be opportunities for patients and the public to engage upon this situation and assist in and contribute to the design of future local services over the coming weeks and months.
All engagement opportunities will be shared on the CCG and the Waterloo House Surgery Practice Websites and social media channels.