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RUMOURS that GP practices in Gosport may close have been denied by a leading doctor.

The Fareham and Gosport Clinical Commissioning Group (F&G CCG) said messages are circulating on social media stating Stoke Road Medical Centre was closing and that others in the town were under threat.

A CCG survey to find out more about patient’s thoughts on same-day appointments generated 1,400 responses.

One idea is to use the Gosport War Memorial Hospital as a hub that would offer same-day appointments.

It would be run by local GPs, nurses and staff from the 11 Gosport practices, however the CCG wants to reiterate this does not mean any will close as a result.

Dr David Chilvers, who leads the F&G CCG, said: ‘It may be reports of same-day services being centralised have caused some people to make false assumptions about the GP practices, but they will all still be open for business.

‘This new system will considerably relieve some local pressure points on GP practices.

‘It offers exciting opportunities for us – and I am sure will be a model which will be adopted in many other parts of the country which are facing the same issues as we are here.’

Under the new system, patients will phone their GP practice as normal and, if they ask for a same-day appointment, will then be transferred to the hub in the war memorial hospital.