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Fears Over Future Of GPs Surgery

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Published by the Pirate FM News Team at 7:04am 29th September 2014 (Updated 8:12am 29th September 2014)

A St Austell gran has told of her fears for the future of the town's biggest doctors' surgery.

GPs from nearby practices have taken over the running of Polkyth after its former partners left.

But it is only for a year - and patients are asking what happens next?

Janet is on blood pressure tablets and is among more than nine thousand patients on the books.

She said: "I need to have them because I am on them for life. I need the stability of a doctors surgery and you want the stability of knowing the doctors that are working there, without continually having them change or have locums and so on.

"I am concerned because the letter we received only promised working within this group for twelve months. What happens then? Where are all these patients going to go? There aren't enough surgeries to cope with all the people who live here anywhere."

Bridget Sampson, Director of Commissioning for NHS England's Devon, Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly Area Team, said: "NHS England had to act quickly to ensure continuity of GP services for patients, so it was very gratifying to see the three other practices in St Austell so keen to bring together local health care in this way.

"Our priority is always to ensure high-quality healthcare for patients. With all the practices in the town now working more closely, GP services in St Austell have the potential to move forward together in an exciting new direction.

"Longer term, we are keen to offer patients in St Austell a wider variety of services, these and other ideas will be at the heart of our planned meetings with people in the area over the next few weeks."

Dr Colan Robinson, (GP Partner at Wheal Northey) said: "We're really excited about the prospects for strengthening primary care here in St Austell by coming together and making the most of our joint resources. There is huge enthusiasm in the consortium for meeting with our patients, sharing ideas and mapping out how we go forward over the coming year."

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