St Bride’s Medical Centre to shut: What it means for sufferers

NEWS {that a} GP follow in Newport is ready to shut has induced confusion, with an present follow within the metropolis set to take over its premises.

St Bride’s Medical Centre in Newport will shut later this week after its lead GP resigned her contract with the well being board.

However, whereas St Bride’s will shut on June 30, its premises on Tredegar Home Drive will stay open for some sufferers – having been taken over by St David’s Medical Apply, an present follow presently positioned on Belle Vue Terrace.

Round 4,000 St Bride’s sufferers will stay right here, with almost 3,000 others being transferred to different well being centres elsewhere in Newport.

The information has induced some confusion within the native space, with some unsure if the closure of the follow means that the constructing itself can be closing.

However, the well being board has confirmed that each one sufferers affected by the information ought to have acquired letters, detailing every particular person’s new healthcare follow.

Along with St David’s, the Bellevue Group Apply is taking up 2,000 sufferers, whereas just a little over 700 sufferers are set to maneuver to the Malpas Brook Well being Centre.

Remaining sufferers can be “transferred to practices near their properties”.

The well being board was capable of affirm that the entire practices who’re accepting new sufferers have the capability to have the ability to achieve this.

What has the well being board mentioned?

A spokesman for Aneurin Bevan College Well being Board confirmed information of the closure, saying: “Following Dr Collins’ resignation and the end result of the Vacant Apply Panel course of, it has been agreed that St Bride’s Medical Apply will shut on Thursday, June 30, 2022 and sufferers registered on the follow can be transferred to different practices within the space.

“St David’s Medical Apply will utilise the St Bride’s premises to tackle roughly 4,000 of its sufferers, 2,000 sufferers will transfer to Bellevue Group Apply, and simply over 700 sufferers will transfer to Malpas Brook Well being Centre.

“The remaining sufferers presently registered at St Bride’s can be transferred to practices near their properties.

“The GP practices accepting these sufferers have all confirmed that they’ve the capability to accommodate them.”

What response has there been to this point?

A lot of Argus readers have reacted to information of the closure, and a number of these will be discovered under.

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Angela Barry mentioned: “The important thing story right here is that solely 4,000 sufferers are being saved on by St David’s. The ‘choice’ course of was actually a postcode lottery, with these ‘closest’ to Bellevue being transferred.

“This consists of these dwelling closest to St Brides. This can be a main concern for aged sufferers and people with mobility points.

“There isn’t a enchantment course of and nobody can apply to alter surgical procedure from the one they’re allotted to for 3 months.”

Becks Tutton mentioned: “Malpas Brook surgical procedure is miles away from this one. And it’s already very troublesome to get a routine appointment at Malpas.

“The docs and nurses are beautiful and do the very best they will with the assets they’ve. There simply doesn’t appear to be sufficient of them and too many sufferers.”

Susan Thomas mentioned: “It’s completely loopy. I stay 0.2 miles a couple of minutes stroll from the surgical procedure, but I together with numerous different sufferers who stay near the surgical procedure now both must drive or catch a bus.

“In the meantime, individuals who stay additional away who must drive to get to St Bride’s.

“Absolutely it could have been higher for them to drive the couple of miles extra, however now all of us must drive or stroll previous the surgical procedure to catch a bus. Loopy.”

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