Shropshire village's GP practice announces it is to close next spring

A Shropshire medical centre has given notice that it is to end its GP contract in the spring, prompting fears that it could mean the end of a local doctors' surgery.

Highley Medical Centre. Photo: Google
Highley Medical Centre. Photo: Google

NHS Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin has reassured local patients and residents that it is urgently looking at all options to keep GP services in Highley, near Bridgnorth.

It says work is already underway to prioritise access to GP services for patients and residents, after formal notification was given to end the GP contract on Tuesday.

The body, which commissions and designs GP services across the county, says is it now reviewing options to prioritise access to services for those affected.

Claire Parker, director of partnerships and place at NHS Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin, said: “I would like to reassure our patients and residents of Highley that extensive work is underway to find a timely and sustainable solution to this situation.

“Our work will prioritise access to general practice services for those people affected by this announcement and try to secure an option which remains in Highley. We will be working closely with the practice, and our partners, to consider all options so we can navigate this situation as best we can.

“Under the terms of the GP contract, Highley Medical Centre is required to provide at least three months’ notice, however they will be extending the notice period to March 31 2023, giving us more time to find a resolution.

“We will be sharing regular updates as work progresses to provide as much reassurance as possible at this time.”

Help is available through the Patient Advice Liaison Service (PALS) by emailing: stw.patientservices@nhs.net.

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