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Cornerways Surgery 12th October 2019
We have not been able to recruit a new GP and were unable to negotiate with another surgery to provide regular doctors to look after Dr Hardwick’s list.
We will have managed six months without Dr Hardwick by the end of the year and have been searching for a replacement since we knew he was retiring. I start earlier, finish later, work more sessions and that is fine, but I am unable to do that forever.
The current list size is 3607 – the average list size per GP in England is 1900. In the current circumstances, for the practice to survive and be maintained at a safe and manageable level for a single handed GP, the list size needs to be in the region of 2500.
To this end, we would ask that patients who were formerly registered with Dr. Hardwick seek voluntary re-registration with another local practice who can provide continuity of care for their health needs. Former patients of Dr. Hardwick who remain registered with this practice will be seen generally by locums in the practice.
We are sorry that we have to ask this of patients and this decision has not been taken lightly but we feel for the surgery to survive this is the only course of action that we can take until a replacement can be found.
Dr. R. Sayers
APPLICATION TO REDUCE PRACTICE BOUNDARY
Due to the difficulties facing the practice with being unable to find
a replacement GP following the retirement of Dr. Hardwick, we
propose to submit an application to Coastal West Sussex Clinical
Commissioning Group to reduce our practice boundary to new
patients wishing to join the practice.
We propose to move our southern boundary to Goring Road and
Mill Road and move the easterly boundary to Grand Avenue.
We believe this reduction in boundary and, therefore, limitation on
new patients joining the practice will go some way to assist the
practice in surviving the current situation until such time as a
replacement GP can be appointed.
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