We aspire to reduce the waiting time for pre-booked appointments and improve access for patients.
As a larger, more effective surgery, we aspire to bring more patient services into Leighton Buzzard so that patients don't need to go to hospital so often.
Safeguards for the future of GP surgeries in Leighton Buzzard
As you may be aware, 70 GP surgeries closed in the UK last year, due to major recruitment problems and financial pressures.
The merged GP surgery will be larger and stronger and thereby more stable and able to withstand the difficulties.
Q: Will there be any cuts to staff?
A: No. We are hiring new staff for the Duty Team, to improve care.
The aim is to shore up and enhance services, not to make cuts or savings.
Q: What is the name of the new surgery?
A: The merger will create "The Leighton Partnership".
Services will be delivered across three sites which, in order to ensure the continuity of patient care, will retain their names as:
Leighton Road Surgery
Grovebury Road Surgery
Q: Why are the surgeries merging?
A: To secure and improve services for our patients.
Q: When is the merger?
A: The merger will become effective on 1st April 2016.
Q: Will I still be able to see my own doctor?
A: Yes. For routine appointments and telephone consultations.
Q: Will I have to dial a different number to get through to my surgery?
A: No. You will still use the same number.
Q: Will I still go to the same building?
A: Routine doctor and nurse appointments will mainly be held in either the Grovebury Road Surgery building or the LRS@ Ridgeway Court building (please see below for Urgent Appointments and Enhanced Clinics).
Q: What will I do if I need an urgent appointment on the same day?
A: There will be an Urgent Care "Sit and Wait" clinic on Mondays to Fridays (09.00-12.30 & 14.30-17.30) at the Leighton Road Surgery site. This is only for Urgent medical conditions that need to be seen on the day.
You will be able to see a member of the Duty Team comprising of a doctor and experienced Minor Illness nurses, without needing an appointment.
The following are not suitable for the Urgent Care Clinic:
- Medication Reviews
- Blood Test/X-ray results
- Sick Notes
- Repeat Prescriptions
- On-going medical problems
- Pill Checks
Q: Will I be able to see a nurse or a doctor in the evenings or at weekends?
A: Yes. For routine appointments there will be late night clinics on Tuesdays and Wednesdays each week (18.30-20.30) at the Grovebury Road complex and on one Saturday each month.
Q: What are the benefits of the merger?
A: The merged surgery will offer:
- Enhanced Duty Team to cater for you when you require urgent care, without needing to have an appointment.
Larger team of doctors and nurses to ensure continuity of care during periods of staff leave or sickness.
- Greater specialty skill mix of doctors and nurses with referral to in-house expertise where appropriate.
- In-house "Drop-in" blood test clinics 5 days per week, where you are able to have your blood sample taken without having to make an appointment.
- There will also be the facility for pre-booked blood test appointments, if you would prefer.
- We are investing in a new, state-of-the-art telephone system which, we expect, will help make the experience of calling the surgery much more pleasant and efficient.We would be really grateful however if you would show forbearance with us if, at first, there are a few teething problems.
- Enhanced clinics for patients which will be at the Grovebury Road Complex.
- Chronic illnesses clinics such as Diabetes, Asthma and COPD.
- Family Planning and Sexual Health clinics.
- Anticoagulation clinics, so that patients can easily have their anticoagulant monitored here in the surgery.
- A greater number and variety of clinics for baby immunisations.
- Extra choice of late night and weekend appointments.
- A greater appointment availability online.