** EASTER CLOSURES **
Please be aware that the practice will be closed from Thursday 29th March 2018 at 1.00pm until Tuesday 3rd April 2018 at 8.30am due to the bank holidays.
If you require urgent medical attention during this period, you can contact the 111 service for advice. If it is an emergency, you should call 999 or attend the A&E department at the Queen's Medical Centre.
Please ensure you have enough medication to last you over this period - order your prescription via your pharmacy or at the surgery by Monday 26th March 2018 to ensure it is ready for collection before we close on Thursday 29th.
Thank you for your interest and support in keeping Wellspring’s GP services in this purpose-built property.
Below are the issues your GPs here have been battling with over the last six years.
- The £15million building was opened in April 2012 and the practice has occupied part of this as a purpose-built surgery to date. Wellspring now serves 10,000 patients.
- The freeholders are Nottingham City Council and no tenancy agreement has been signed (cannot be agreed) between the council and our landlord, NHS Property Services.
- Originally, the building housed three GP surgeries, but two of these vacated some time ago. Wellspring has worked hard to accommodate the influx of patients this created.
- There have been numerous service charge issues over the years. Our service charges have increased tenfold since 2012 with no clear explanation nor reasonable justification of this and this is what we are disputing. If new charges are to stand it will make the practice financially unviable and could potentially bankrupt the partners.
- Wellspring has had a GP resign due to this situation and it is possible there may be further resignations. The current financial position/risk has made it impossible for us to recruit a replacement partner and, as a consequence, we have had to stop accepting new patients.
- The partners are unable to stabilise the practice until there is a solution to this issue and are very concerned for the practice and, of course, our patients.
This situation has now reached the point where Joanne Sherwood, Practice Manager, and the GP partners have written to senior MPs (Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt and Jonathan Ashworth, shadow Health Secretary) and our local MP, Chris Leslie, about the situation.
The GP arm of the British Medical Association, the General Practitioners’ Council, are currently looking at this together with the ongoing support of the Nottinghamshire Local Medical Committee to help us reach a solution that means people in St Anns continue to have locally-accessible GP services in the building that was purposely built for them.
As detailed in the poster in the waiting areas, you can directly contact Chris Leslie, MP, and the Nottingham City CCG to make your voice heard and also sign the petition at reception.
Your support means a great deal to the practice and we will continue to keep you updated.
Dr Teed & Partners
(Site updated 19/03/2018)