We are delighted to announce that Wellington House Practice and Trinity Health are proposing to merge to form a larger ‘super-partnership’
I am sure that you are aware that over the past few years there have been increased pressures placed upon General Practice. The increasingly elderly population, the growth in long term conditions and the need to move more work from secondary care into the community means that General Practice needs to expand and innovate to absorb this increased workload. Whilst both practices are performing very well against all the national and local targets and have been rated ‘Good’ at recent CQC assessments, we have decided that the best way to continue to offer our patients an innovative, sustainable, quality service into the future is to seek to merge our practices.
Our two practices share the same commitment to quality and to patient care; by merging we would be able to share working arrangements and be more effective and efficient building on the skills and expertise of a broader pool of doctors, nurses and managers. We have begun to make arrangements for a merger which is planned for 1st October 2017. The first step in the process is for us to communicate our plans with you, our patients and seek your feedback on this proposal.
All of our doctors, our practice nurses and other staff would continue to be available to you under the new planned arrangements at Wellington House Practice and Trinity Health. There would be no changes in premises or phone numbers; but there would be greater flexibility in accessing healthcare and, over time, we would seek to make additional services available in the practice. Your registration would not be affected and you would be able to be seen by one of our doctors or nurses at either practice. In time we would change the name to reflect the fact that we would be a single practice but a new name has not yet been chosen.
We are proud of both of our practices and the quality of care we have maintained over the years and have always been touched by the positive feedback and support from our patients. This proposed merger would see our teams uniting as one like-minded team and would continue to provide care for you at our practices following a seamless and safe sharing of healthcare information and prescribing data.
We understand that you may have questions about the merger and we intend to address your concerns by a number of means.
- We have tried to answer some of the questions we think you may have and these questions and answers can be found on our FAQ page, and the merger practice website: www.wellingtonhouse.nhs.uk. This includes information about how to register with another practice if you do not wish to remain at the proposed merged Wellington House Practice or Trinity Health in the future.
- We will hold some ‘drop in’ sessions at Wellington House Practice and Trinity Health when you can call in, have a look around and ask any questions about what a merged practice might mean for you. These sessions will be held as follows:
Chinnor: Tuesday 21st March 1-2:30pm
Risborough: Thursday 30th March 1-2:30pm
Brill: Tuesday 7th March 1-3pm
Long Crendon: Wednesday 15th March 1-3pm
Thame: Wednesday 22nd March 1-3pm
- We very much welcome your feedback on our plans. If you have any specific queries or concerns please contact Lesley Munro-Faure, Managing Partner at Wellington House Surgery or Emira Shepherd, Practice Manager at Trinity Health. Contact details are at the bottom of this communication.
The merger would be a time of change for all of us at Wellington House Practice and Trinity Health and whilst we would all work extremely hard to minimise any disruption, we would be grateful for your understanding throughout the proposed merger process.
We are excited to be planning on taking this important step to secure the long term future of General Practice and very much look forward to receiving your feedback on our proposal.
Dr Stephen Stamp
Dr Michael Mulholland
Dr Mike Thomas
Dr Swagatika Mohapatra
Dr Gill Scott
Dr Stuart Logan
Dr Martin Thornton
Dr Anna Furlonger
Dr James Weir
Please feedback to us either in person at one of the drop in sessions or via letter or email to:
Wellington House Practice
HP27 9AX HP18 9SA
22 Thame Road