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GP surgeries are set for mergerGP surgeries are set for merger

Published on: 01 Dec 2017

TWO well-established GP surgeries have announced they will merge next April.

St George Health Centre and Lodgeside Surgery have boundaries which overlap and a history of working together as neighbouring practices.

They will continue to operate from the two purpose built sites, in Bellevue Road, St George and Lodgeside Avenue, Kinsgwood. 

They will provide GP and nursing services to a combined list of about 22,000 patients, covering the area from Redfield and St George to Kingswood and Fishponds. 

A spokesman for the surgeries said: "The practices took the decision to merge due to the increasing demands and pressures on GP services. 

"By merging, the practices feel that they will be able to change and adapt to meet these demands and ensure that the new practice is sufficiently robust to continue to offer quality care to patients in the future.

"They have a very successful history of working together as neighbouring practices and are delighted to be able to build on this firm foundation.

"Staff and the Patient Participation Group have been informed of this decision and have given it their total support."

Both practices are keen to convey the message that it will be business as usual for all patients when the merger takes place in April 2018.  

More information about the merger is available on the practice websites and via a newsletter which is available at reception in both practices. 

Patients’ views on the merger are welcome and can be sent by email or post until January 31.

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