GP surgery proposes closure of satellite clinic

Patients are being asked for their feedback on the plans.
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A South Reading GP surgery is planning to close a satellite service it holds three miles away in Tilehurst.

Longbarn Surgery and Southcote Clinic's main premises are in the RG2 area of town. But it also historically offered its patients a satellite service of walk-in sessions with a clinician on two afternoons, and one morning, per week at the Southcote Clinic in Tilehurst.

However, Helen Clark, the local director of primary care, said in a letter to stakeholders on 10 March 2021: “The restrictions around Covid mean GP services at the Southcote Clinic have not taken place since last March. During that time staff have been caring for patients either remotely or with consultations at Longbarn Lane which is part of the same practice.

“As Longbarn Lane Practice begin to plan services post-Covid they are looking at the most efficient and effective ways of providing healthcare for the communities they serve, and they feel the best way forward is to consolidate medical services and support at Longbarn Lane Surgery.

“They are sending letters to patients who regularly attend Southcote Surgery outlining the proposals and inviting comments. Patients are being reassured that if the proposals went ahead there would continue to be the provision of a full range of services, including home visits, from Longbarn Lane.”

Longbarn Lane and Southcote Clinic, which has around 5,700 patients, is currently rated as a ‘good’ GP surgery by the national inspection body, the Care Quality Commission.

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