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Portchester Practice to temporarily close our patient list
We regret that we are unable to accept any new patients at the current time.
Our commissioner, NHS Hampshire, Southampton and Isle of Wight Clinical Commissioning Group, has agreed to our request to formally close our list. This will now be reviewed in October 2022.
This move will have absolutely no impact on the services currently provided to our existing 10,300 patients for whom it is business as usual. We regret any inconvenience it will cause to people who want to register with our surgery.
This move is to help us stabilise the many services we provide to patients and is caused by a number of factors, including a GP partner going on maternity leave; another GP reducing their hours; and a recent influx of new patients including a number with immediate medical needs which has considerably impacted on the workloads of both our clinical and administrative staff. Staff sickness has also contributed to a backlog in administrative work which needs to be resolved.
This temporary closure will buy us time to draw breath and ‘catch up.’ We also hope that the recruitment of other specialist healthcare professionals by our Primary Care Network will relieve some of the pressure on our GPs.
Patient Choice for Registration
If you do need to register at a surgery during our temporary list closure, you have the following options nearby:
- Westlands (0.3 miles)
- Paulsgrove Surgery (Portsdown Group) (1.2 miles)
- Centre Practice (2.2 miles)
- North Harbour Medical Group (Cosham) (2.5 miles)
Our neighbouring GP practices – and representatives of our Patient Participation Group that we have spoken to - understand the reasons for our temporary closure and support our plans.
If you are ill while away from home or if you are not registered with a doctor but need to see one you can receive emergency treatment from the local GP practice for 14 days. After 14 days you will need to register as a temporary or permanent patient.
You can be registered as a temporary patient for up to three months. This will allow you to be on the local practice list and still remain a patient of your permanent GP. After three months you will have to re-register as a temporary patient or permanently register with that practice.
To register as a temporary patient simply contact the local practice you wish to use. Practices do not have to accept you as a temporary patient although they do have an obligation to offer emergency treatment. You cannot register as a temporary patient at a practice in the town or area where you are already registered.
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