Two neighbouring Lee-on-the-Solent practices which share the same building are to merge in a move to safeguard and enhance patient services.
Manor Way Surgery and Lee Medical Practice will.be joining forces on April 1 2019 when they will operate under a new name - Solent View Medical Practice.
NHS Fareham and Gosport Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) has approved the merger.
The practices, which are both based in the Lee-on-the-Solent Health Centre, informed their patient representative groups about their plan and change of name last year. They have a combined practice list of 12,050 registered patients.
Dr Ian Bell, of Lee Medical Practice, said: “Most people will be aware that the NHS and general practice in particular, is facing unprecedented demands and pressures on its services at a time when there are real challenges on both GP and nurse recruitment and retention, especially In the Gosport area.
“This merger will help ensure our long-term sustainability so that we can continue to serve patients in the heart of our community.
“By becoming a single practice, and pooling our clinical skills and staffing resources, we can continue to offer the highest possible quality services and access to those services to our patients. It will also help us provide much more robust cover for staff holiday leave and sickness.”
Dr O. Rider, of Manor Way Surgery, said: “Patients have responded really positively to the merger, which will allow us to further develop our joint Same Day Access service, giving patients more choice of GPs.
“It will also eliminate the duplication of nursing and administrative services across the two practices, saving us time to deal faster with patient enquiries; and there will be more choice of nurses available for screening services.
“Patients will get more choice of male and female doctors and the minor surgery injections and cutting service provided by Lee Medical Practice will be extended to patients of Manor Way.
“All other existing services offered by both practices will continue. There will be no job losses at either practice – in fact the opposite. It is our intention to recruit.”
Patients will still be able to call the practice on the existing telephone numbers as the telephone system has already been linked, however there will be some internal room moves.
Patients requiring the Same Day Access will be seen in the current Manor Way end of the building and routine appointments will be in the Lee-on-the-Solent part of the building.