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We understand that you may be concerned about making contact with us for non-COVID conditions during this difficult time. We would like to reassure you that we would still like to see you if you have concerns about your health, no matter what they are. We may have to find alternative ways of dealing with the issues you have and this may be via a phone consultation, a video consultation or if deemed necessary and appropriate, a face to face appointment.
Berryfields Medical Centre and Meadowcroft Surgery in Aylesbury are planning to merge to create a single GP practice later this year – and patients are invited to share their views on this change.
In recent years there have been increased pressures placed upon General Practice. The rising elderly population, the growth in long term illnesses like diabetes and asthma and the need to move more work from hospitals into the community means that General Practice needs to work in different ways to absorb this increased workload. The partners at Berryfields and Meadowcroft feel that the best way to continue to offer patients an innovative, sustainable, high quality service into the future is to merge the two practices. As many patients will be aware, both practices have worked very closely together for some years and will be moving into a new building later this year.
The merger is planned to take effect from 1 April 2022, when the practice will change its name to Berrycroft Community Health Centre (BCHC). .
Both surgeries will remain open after the merger, until the new site at Martin Dalby Way is ready. Then the existing buildings will close and staff will relocate to the new site. We expect this to take place sometime before the end of summer 2022.
Until the relocation, there will be very little change to the way patients use their practice – they will be able to see the same staff in the same way.
Partner Dr Clayton said: “Both Berryfields and Meadowcroft have a growing population with increasingly complex healthcare needs. Merging our practices will make us more resilient, creating a stable and sustainable GP practice for the future. It will also mean we have a larger pool of staff and expertise to draw from and will help us work toward bringing services from hospital into the community for the convenience of patients. It will also give us the opportunity to reduce some of our overhead costs due to economies of scale. We are really excited by this change, but we would like to hear from any patients who may have views or feedback on our merger, or who have any particular questions we can answer.”
You can view some FAQs around the merger by clicking here. Alternatively, please watch this YouTube video: https://youtu.be/bOTIQAcv7H0.
To share your views, please feel free to contact us in the following ways:
• Fill out this Online Survey
• By mail to either practice building
• By email to firstname.lastname@example.org (please state ‘merger feedback’ in the subject heading