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SERVICES at a Locks Heath GP surgery are being wound down as it prepares to close.

The Locks Road surgery will close at the end of March, despite a campaign from patients to keep it open.

Patients will have to transfer to either the surgery in Yew Tree Drive, Whiteley or to a new surgery at Fareham Community Hospital.

The closure will affect around 7,000 patients.

The Ship Primary Care Trust cluster board, which covers Southampton, Portsmouth, Hampshire and the Isle of Wight, decided to open a new GP practice at the community hospital, which will be run by partners at the Brook Lane Surgery, Sarisbury Green,

There will be a gradual reduction in services at Locks Road as patients either transfer to Whiteley or register with Brook Lane Surgery.

Head of development at the cluster James Bawn said: ‘The opportunity to expand the services provided at Fareham Community Hospital to include GP services is an exciting development offering people a single place to go for a wide range of health services. There is car parking at the site and the first three hours are free for users of the hospital.’

Dr Graham Newman, senior partner at Brook Lane Surgery, said: ‘This new service will provide more patients with the opportunity of being part of a long-established practice whilst being able to attend bright new consultation facilities in the hospital. It’s a great way of combining the old and the new.’