Work gets underway on proposed GP practice move to hospital
Work is set to start at Rothbury Community Hospital next week to prepare for the proposed relocation of the village’s GP practice.
Alterations are to take place on the ground floor of the hospital run by Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust to develop new purpose-built consultation rooms for The Rothbury Practice.
The work does not affect outpatient and community services currently provided within the hospital and there is no change to other areas.
The proposed GP practice move – put forward due to an increase in patient numbers meaning the existing Market Place premises are now inadequate – follows engagement with practice patients in December 2015 and January 2016.
It will mean improved accessibility to the ground floor clinical rooms and benefit patients by having an improved environment in a modern, purpose-built facility, closer integration between GPs and other healthcare professionals and parking.
Final approvals continue to progress for the proposed relocation however the practice hopes to move to its new premises in mid-December.
Dr Georgina Morgan, who is one of four GP partners at The Rothbury Practice, said: “Since we engaged with our patients about our proposed move to the village’s community hospital 18 months ago, we have been progressing our plans and the start of work next week will come as no surprise to our patients.
“While we continue to provide high quality treatment in our current location, the simple fact is that due to our increased patient numbers we have outgrown the premises and our limited access to ground floor clinical rooms needs addressing.
“Relocating to purpose-built accommodation in the community hospital will mean we can deliver care in an improved environment while presenting opportunities for greater integration with other healthcare teams.
“Staff at the practice are very much looking forward to moving to our new home, hopefully in mid-December, and the benefits it will bring for our patients.”
Dr Jane Weatherstone, associate medical director primary and community care at Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, said: “Having Rothbury’s GP practice located within the village’s community hospital will be great news for patients in the area.
“Not only will they have purpose-built treatment rooms and clinical space, it will pave the way for greater integration between GPs and other healthcare staff including community nurses and physiotherapists.
“Having teams based on one site will facilitate improved partnership working between professionals and lead to further joined-up care for patients.
“We look forward to welcoming the practice, hopefully at the end of the year.”
In February 2017, The Rothbury Practice joined Northumbria Primary Care, a pioneering partnership between Northumbria Healthcare and local GPs to provide professional support services to primary care. Click here to view the practice’s website.
The proposed move of The Rothbury Practice predates and is not linked to the provision of inpatient services at the hospital, the future of which has been subject to a public consultation led by NHS Northumberland Clinical Commissioning Group. A final decision on the outcome of the public consultation is awaited.