As you may be aware, the patient population of the practice has expanded over the last few months and years and we are now really struggling with space. Our current GP premises are becoming increasingly unfit for purpose with limited access to ground floor clinical rooms being a constant concern.
Alongside this, the GP practice strives to be able to provide a clinical service from treatment rooms that comply with the best health and safety and infection control regulations. This is proving difficult from a 200 year old listed building that was initially designed for residential use. In addition, there is no reserved car parking available at our current location.
We are proposing to move the practice to Rothbury community hospital; built in 2008 this would provide a purpose built modern environment. The community hospital site has the capacity to accommodate the co-location of the GP surgery and also provides future opportunity for expansion if necessary. All of the clinical space and facilities would be on the ground floor so it is accessible for all.
The GPs would be co-located with community nurses, physiotherapists, dieticians and other hospital staff which will further improve integration between primary care (the GPs) and secondary care (the hospital).
By developing GP services at the community hospital, our patients will not only have improved accessibility and car parking but they will also receive care in an environment that is fit for purpose.
We are very keen to hear your thoughts on the proposed relocation and you can contact us by email at NORCCG.RothburyPractice@nhs.net or in writing for the attention of the practice manager to the above address.
We will be holding drop-in sessions at Jubilee Hall on Friday 11 December (11am to 4pm) and at Rothbury Community Hospital on Thursday 14 January (4pm to 7pm), where you can let us know your thoughts.
Could you please make sure that everyone in your household that is a patient at Rothbury Practice is aware of the proposed move.
Proposed relocation of the Rothbury GP practice to Rothbury community hospital FAQs
Why do we want to move? The current GP premises are becoming increasingly unfit for purpose, full to capacity and with an elderly population the access to clinical rooms is a constant concern. The need for premises on the ground floor or accessible via a lift is paramount. Alongside this, the GP practice strives to be able to provide a clinical service from treatment rooms that comply with the best Health & Safety and Infection control regulations. This is becoming increasingly difficult from a 200 year old listed building that was initially designed for residential use. In addition, there is currently no reserved car parking available at the central location of the GP practice.
Why move to the hospital premises? Rothbury Community Hospital was built in 2008 and provides a purpose built modern environment. The community hospital site has the capacity, with redesign, to accommodate the co-location of the GP surgery and also provides an opportunity for expansion and future proofing for the practice going forward.
How does this proposal fit with national policies? The government recently proposed the ‘NHS five year forward view’ placing emphasis on integrated models of care for local communities to reflect local need. Northumberland was also recently named a ‘vanguard’ .This would bring together health and social care partners and, for the first time, combine general practice and primary care with hospital, community, adult social care, as well as mental health services, without the organisational boundaries which have historically prevented real transformation in care.
What does this mean for our patients? By developing GP services within this setting the patients will not only have improved accessibility, including improved car parking, particularly for the elderly and disabled and those with young children needing pushchairs, but will also receive care in an environment fit for purpose.
The GPs would also be co-located with the community nurses, physiotherapists, dieticians and other secondary care staff. This would improve integration between primary care (the GPs) and secondary care (the hospital).
Will the phone number still be the same? All our contact details will be the same.
What about my repeat prescriptions? There will not be any changes
Will there be any changes to current services from the Rothbury Practice? None of our services will change, but we will have more & better space. There will be no change to the Longframlington surgery.
Where can I get more information? We will be holding an open day information session at the Jubilee Hall which anybody can come along to. This will be advertised locally on the parish notice boards and in local press.