Locks Heath GP services to move to hospital as surgery closes

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PATIENTS fighting plans to close a doctors’ surgery have vowed not to give up after health officials decided to move the GP service to a community hospital.

NHS Hampshire announced plans to axe the Locks Road surgery in Locks Heath, known locally as Doctor’s Corner.

The PCT says the surgery is in a poor state and needs to be refurbished, but that would be too expensive.

And after carrying out a survey across the western wards in Fareham, the PCT decided that the new community hospital in Sarisbury is the best option.

The surgery serves 7,000 patients.

Martin Reeve, of the Doctor’s Corner patient group, said he was disappointed with the decision.

‘Access to the hospital isn’t good,’ he said.

‘It’s outside our area. There are no buses. Parking is difficult up there.

‘They are going to cram more doctors in and put more patients in where there is no parking.

‘It’s going to be difficult for a lot of people.

‘Many people walk to Doctor’s Corner. The hospital is a mile or so away.

‘So we are going to challenge it.

‘There are various procedures for challenging decisions like this. It’s in the public interest. So we are going to carry on for a while.

‘People are disappointed. Some of them are angry.’

Dr Stuart Ward, medical director for the Southampton, Hampshire, Isle of Wight and Portsmouth PCT, said: ‘I would like to thank everyone who took the time to share their views by filling in a survey or attending a drop-in event.

‘Following the board decision we will now develop plans to establish a GP service at Fareham Community Hospital.’

Dr Ward added that services would continue from the surgery until the new GP service is ready.

Patients were given three options – to move to Whiteley or another local practice, to extend the Brook Lane surgery to accommodate more patients from a wider area, or to establish a GP service at the community hospital.

A total of 88 per cent of patients surveyed chose the community hospital as their preferred location.