Lime Grove and Haydock Medical Centre Reception desks, just before opening of new premises April 2017
Proposal to merge with Lime Grove Surgery
Haydock Medical Centre and Lime Grove Surgery are considering merging the two practices. The practices have worked closely together for some time and feel that a merger is the logical next step. This would combine the two clinical and administration teams into one practice.
The views of our patients are very important to us. We want to make sure we understand them so that they are taken into consideration in the final decision making. We would welcome your feedback and would like the opportunity to answer any concerns you may have.
Following engagement with patients the proposal would need to be considered by NHS St Helens Clinical Commissioning Group, so if approval was given we would aim to have the merger completed by the beginning of July 2020.
Would the name of my current practice change?
If you are currently a Haydock Medical Centre patient there would be no change. If you are currently a Lime Grove Surgery patient you would notice a change as the merged practice would be known as Haydock Medical Centre.
Would the telephone numbers remain the same?
If you are currently a Haydock Medical Centre patient the telephone number would remain the same. If you are currently a Lime Grove Surgery patient you would notice a change as the merged practice would use the current Haydock Medical telephone number
Would the opening hours remain the same?
Yes, although there would 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.
Would I still be able to see my usual Doctor or Nurse?
Yes, you would be able to see your usual Doctor or Nurse.
Could I see a different Doctor or Nurse if I wanted to?
Yes, as the clinical teams would be merging there would be more choice of Doctors and Nurses for you to see.
Would any current services be removed?
No. All current services would remain.
Would 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 would be available to all patients at the merged practice.
Would the same number of appointments be available?
There would be no reduction in the number of appointments available.
Would there be changes to how I make appointments and order medication?
If you are currently a Haydock Medical Centre patient there would be no change. If you are currently a Lime Grove Surgery patient you would notice a change as electronic and video consultations would be available to you at the merged practice.
Would the arrangements with the pharmacy for delivering my medication remain the same?
Yes, there would be no change to these arrangements.
Would there be any changes to how I access GP Out of Hours services?
No, you would still ring the practice number in the first instance. This number would be 01744 624360.
Would I need to re-register to remain on the practice list of the merged practice?
No, you would automatically become a patient of the merged practice.
What would happen to my health records?
The two clinical systems would be merged together, so your health records would be available to all clinicians at the merged practice.
Would this affect any treatment or medication I am currently receiving either at the GP practice or any Hospital?
No, any current treatment and medication would be unaffected.
What are the timescales for the decision on whether to merge the two practices?
The proposal would be considered by NHS St Helens Clinical Commissioning Group in April or May 2020 and, if approved, we would hope to formally merge the two practices at the beginning of July 2020