A Hampshire County Councillor's calling for clarity on the future of Beggarwood Surgery in Basingstoke.
Stephen Reid has told us there's just three months for a new provider to take over the surgery, but he's not confident that will happen.
Councillor Reid feels with a host of housing developments planned locally, the prospect of losing the practise is worrying for local people:
"This is an extreme because the south west of Basingstoke, where Beggarwood is, is one of the fastest growing areas of the borough.
"There's going to be huge developments taking place - and at the same time, the infrastructure is declining."
Councillor Reid is worried lots of people could be affected:
"The closure is bad enough, but there's a real prospect that the surgery could close.
"5,000+ patients could be dispersed and asked to go elsewhere."
In response, North Hampshire Clinical Commissioning Group's told us it's still considering its options but it does consider finding a new provider a priority.
Zara Hyde-Peters, Managing Director, NHS North Hampshire Clinical Commissioning Group, said:
“Cedar Medical Limited and NHS North Hampshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) agreed to commence the formal six month notice period for ending their contract with the CCG to provide General Practitioner (GP) services at Rooksdown and Beggarwood Surgeries in March this year.
“After careful consideration Bramblys Grange Medical Partnership has confirmed that they would like to take over Rooksdown Practice as a Branch site. We are now working with the practice to determine when they will start to operate services from the Rooksdown site which will remain open.
“We are continuing to look at the future arrangements for Beggarwood Surgery. The surgery remains open and is providing services.
“Finding a new provider to look after the patients from Beggarwood Surgery and provide high quality primary care services remains our shared priority. The CCG is currently looking to confirm arrangements for September onwards,- either a permanent solution which is preferred or an interim in case that is necessary after the current contract expires.
“The CCG is well aware of the potential growth in population linked to housing developments and will continue to work with local practices to ensure new patients will be able to access primary care services.”