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Newcastle Gateshead Clinical Commisioning Group

Newcastle Gateshead Clinical Commisioning Group

Patient information about the future of Blaydon GP Led Practice

Blaydon GP Led Practice is a GP practice based at Blaydon Primary Care Centre (Shibdon Road, Blaydon, NE21 5NW). The practice delivers services to 1,996 patients.

The current contract is delivered by Gateshead Community Based Care Ltd and has been extended until 30 June 2018 and cannot be extended further.

Earlier in the year, we asked patients for their views on the practice and this information has been used to inform the options for the future that are now being consulted upon.
You can read the feedback report here.

As the contract is due to end on 30 June 2018, NHS Newcastle Gateshead Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is starting a period of consultation about the future of the practice.

The consultation will run from Monday 20 November 2017 to Sunday 14 January 2018. 

At the practice there are 1,996 patients registered. This is considered to be a small practice as the average practice in the CCG area has approximately 8,000 patients. Due to its size, this makes it difficult to attract GPs so for that reason we feel we must consider the option of closure. Therefore the options for consultation are:

Option 1: Keep the GP practice

This means we would undertake an exercise which invites providers to apply to run the GP practice for the patients currently registered at Blaydon GP Led Practice. All patients would automatically transfer to the provider of the new contract or would have the choice to register with another practice. 

Option 2: Close the GP practice

This means that the GP practice located in Blaydon GP Led Practice would close (this wouldn’t affect the walk-in centre). Patients would be given advice and information about registering at another GP surgery in the local area.

How to feedback your views 

It’s important that you have your say and you can share your views in the following ways:

  1. Answer the survey: the survey can be completed online here https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/BlaydonGPled2 or you can fill out a paper version which is available in the GP practice
  1. Attend an event: two events are being organised by healthwatchgateshead.co.uk which is the customer champion for social care and health services in Gateshead and will take place at Blaydon Library on:

Thursday 7 December from 6pm to 8pm register for this event here https://blaydon-consultation1.eventbrite.co.uk

Friday 8 December from 10am to 12pm register for this event here https://blaydon-consultation2.eventbrite.co.uk

Register to take part in a focus group: Healthwatch Gateshead will conduct focus groups so if you would like to take part in one please:

Telephone: 0808 801 0382  Email: info@healthwatchgateshead.co.uk and state ‘Blaydon consultation’ in the subject line

  1. Write to us at:
    North of England Commissioning Support Unit
    Blaydon Consultation
    Riverside House 
    Goldcrest Way
    Newburn Riverside

    Newcastle Upon Tyne

    NE15 8NY

    What happens next?

We know it is important to keep you updated, especially when you have taken the time to share your thoughts and views with us.

At the end of the consultation we will write a report which will be available on this website.

If you would like to receive a copy, please leave your contact details when you answer the survey or please state it in your letter of if you attend an event/focus group complete the event feedback form.

Our Primary Care Commissioning Committee will look at the report and use the information and feedback to decide how best to provide services for patients of Blaydon GP Led Practice in the future. The decision will be made on 27 February 2017 and we will contact you again to update you further.

In addition, you can contact Healthwatch Gateshead to discuss any concerns or questions you may have.

They can be contacted on 0808 801 0382 or you can visit healthwatchgateshead.co.uk for more information.