Lime Grove and Haydock Medical Centre Reception desks, just before opening of new premises April 2017
Merger with Lime Grove Surgery
We wrote to all our patients recently about the proposal to merge Haydock Medical Centre and Lime Grove Surgery.
NHS St Helens Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) has now approved this application. Therefore, the two practices will be formally merging on 29th June 2020.
The two practices have been cooperating for quite some time and are already working together and sharing staff, skills, and resources.
During April, May and June 2020 we have been operating two parallel computer systems and the two teams have been working side by side. After June 29th 2020, the two teams and computer systems will be combined into one.
Rather than being two practices each individually serving 7500 patients, the merged practice will serve 15,000 patients. Our goal is to provide even better services and even better quality of care for our patients. We plan to build on our existing strengths of delivering local and personal care and to thrive as a larger and stronger service.
Will the name of my current practice change?
If you are currently a Haydock Medical Centre patient there will be no change. If you are currently a Lime Grove Surgery patient you will notice a change as the merged practice will be known as Haydock Medical Centre.
Will the telephone numbers remain the same?
If you are currently a Haydock Medical Centre patient the telephone number will remain the same. If you are currently a Lime Grove Surgery patient you will notice a change as the merged practice will use the current Haydock Medical telephone number
Will the opening hours remain the same?
Yes, although there will be the potential for the opening hours of the current Lime Grove Surgery branch site at Ashton’s Green to increase its opening hours in the future.
Will I still be able to see my usual Doctor or Nurse?
Yes, you will be able to see your usual Doctor or Nurse.
Can I see a different Doctor or Nurse if I wanted to?
Yes, as the clinical teams would be merging there will be more choice of Doctors and Nurses for you to see.
Will any current services be removed?
No. All current services will remain.
Will any new services be introduced?
Yes. Haydock Medical Centre patients can access the following services, which aren’t currently available to Lime Grove Surgery patients:
· Ear suction
· Dermoscopy (skin examinations for moles)
· Mental Health Advanced Nurse Practitioner appointments
These services will be available to all patients at the merged practice.
As a larger practice, we will look at introducing new services and clinics, particularly for people with long-term conditions.
Will the same number of appointments be available?
There will be no reduction in the number of appointments available.
Will there be changes to how I make appointments and order medication?
If you are a Haydock Medical Centre patient there will be no change. If you are currently a Lime Grove Surgery patient, the current website details will change.
Will the arrangements with the pharmacy for delivering my medication remain the same?
Yes, there will be no change to these arrangements.
Will there be any changes to how I access GP Out of Hours services?
No, you will still ring the practice number in the first instance. This number will be 01744 624360.
Will I need to re-register to remain on the practice list of the merged practice?
No, you will automatically become a patient of the merged practice.
What will happen to my health records?
The two clinical systems will be merged together, so your health records will be available to all clinicians at the merged practice.
Will this affect any treatment or medication I am currently receiving either at the GP practice or any Hospital?
No, any current treatment and medication will be unaffected.