Southsea GP surgery to shut its doors after 50 years

A GP practice will close as it merges with others in the area.

Thursday, 10th November 2016, 6:00 am
Updated Wednesday, 16th November 2016, 4:21 pm
The Ramillies Surgery in Southsea
The Ramillies Surgery in Southsea

The Ramillies Surgery in Southsea will hold its last appointments on Wednesday, November 30 following the merger of the Osborne and Ramillies practices to form the Trafalgar Medical Group Practice last year.

The surgery has been in Victoria Road South for more than 50 years, but it was agreed the building is not suitable for a modern-day healthcare centre.

Portsmouth Clinical Commissioning Group’s Primary Care Commissioning Committee approved the closure.

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Dr Mike Caiger, who has worked at Ramillies for more than 25 years, said: ‘Ramillies Surgery has provided a high standard of service and care over the past decades.

‘However, with the retirement of Dr Gordon Parkin and the failure to recruit a replacement partner, the only sustainable option has been to merge.

‘This we have done and it has allowed us not only to maintain our current level of service to all our patients but hopefully to improve it for the long term.’

Following a consultation with patients and staff, GP partners are moving all operations from Victoria Road South to the other branches at 25 Osborne Road, in Southsea, and Eastney Health Centre.

Both surgery sites are already being used by Ramillies patients. 

Dr Jon Price, formerly of the Osborne Practice and now senior partner at Trafalgar Medical Group Practice, said: ‘In order to create a sustainable modern practice fit for the next 20 years, we need to concentrate our staff and services at two rather than three buildings.

‘All existing medical services are being continued and will be extended in future.

‘Opening hours remain much the same and include early morning and evening extended hours as well as a regular Saturday morning surgery.’

He added: ‘Both sites have extra capacity to absorb the services and staff from Ramillies with, we hope, no detriment to the service offered to all our patients.’

‘Closing Ramillies is an essential part of the process to create a robust, sustainable organisation.’