PRACTICE MERGER FOR THE FAMILY PRACTICE AND PARTNERSHIP PRIMARY CARE CENTRE.
The Family Practice and Partnership Primary Care Centre will aim to merge in February 2022. The site of The Family Practice will close and be relocated at Partnership Primary Care Centre, 331 Camden Road N7 0SL. This is less than 1 mile from the Family Practice. To view the direction from The Family Practice to Partnership Primary Care Centre click here.
This is a historical moment for both practices, and we are pleased to announce that we are planning to merge into a single practice. New developments within general practice and the pandemic have changed the way we deliver care to our patients in an unprecedented manner. The forward plan within the NHS has been to support the merger of primary care practices to enable long term secure care for patients. Dr N Bowry and Dr T Bowry along with Islington CCG share a vision of being part of a larger service. NHS England is encouraging practices to work much more collaboratively across larger patient populations The proposed merger and relocation of The Family Practice will strengthen patient care choice. The Family Practice is in an old town house and the move will provide their patients with a purpose-built GP practice.
Merging into one organisation will enable us to be more sustainable, more attractive to recruiting new clinicians and be able to increase opportunities for clinical and non-clinical staff which will in turn result in better patient care for all our patients.
BENEFITS OF A MERGER
- The practice will be in a purpose-built GP practice which will provide increased space for more clinics and office space for administration team
- There will be a larger team of clinical staff to focus on patient care
- Partnership Primary Care Centre has good transport links for patients with free parking of 1 hour for patients.
- The demographics of the practices are similar, and this will mean that very little change needs to be made to allow access for all existing patients.
- The merger will allow a pooling of clinical knowledge and skills enabling better care for patients.
- Currently at The Family Practice there is limited office space and limited phone lines for patients to access. The merger will allow patients to have easier access to several consulting and treatment rooms and more access to the practice via the telephone.
- More staff resources will mean staff can focus more on individual tasks.
- No duplication of patient clinics that are currently being run separately at each site.
- Staff at the practices are currently duplicating routine tasks and therefore the merger will free up staff to focus on improvements in our current services as well as responding to new initiatives.
- It will help us provide more robust cover for staff holiday leave and sickness absence and therefore ensure good continuous patient care.
- A larger team of clinical staff means the practice can offer better training prospects for clinical staff including medical students, trainee GP’s and nurses.
- Costs associated with running a practice are reduced allowing for investment in improving patient care.
- Both Dr N Bowry and Dr T Bowry will be at the practice daily which will improve patient access.
PRACTICE MERGER – PATIENT QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS
The following frequently asked questions and answers have been prepared to assist the patients of The Family Practice and Partnership Primary Care Centre.
WHEN WILL THE MERGER TAKE PLACE?
It is anticipated that the merger will take place in February 2022 subject to regulatory approvals and following continued engagement with patients and staff of both practices.
WHERE IS PARTNERSHIP PRIMARY CARE CENTRE?
The address is 331 Camden Road N7 0SL. It is less than 1 mile from The Family Practice and is still within Islington.
HOW DO I GET THERE FROM THE FAMILY PRACTICE?
It is a 19-minute walk of 1 mile. It is a 12-minute bus ride and short walk via route 43, 263, 271 and 393. It is a 6-minute car journey. There is free on street parking available and improved disabled access.
WILL I STILL BE ABLE TO MAKE AN APPOINTMENT WITH MY USUAL DOCTOR OR NURSE
Yes. The merger will in fact increase our ability to provide you with continuity of care and access to your usual GP or nurse. Dr N Bowry and Dr T Bowry will not have to be shared across the 2 practices. Dr Scerif will move to the new practice as will all staff. We also expect to able to reduce the need for locum doctors. We expect waiting times to see a clinician to improve with greater access to a GP of choice.
WILL I STILL BE ABLE TO MAKE APPOINTMENTS IN THE SAME WAY?
Yes. We will continue to provide daily appointments with doctors, nurses, and healthcare assistants. In addition to these appointments, we also offer e-consult which is an online method of communication with a GP via the practice website. We will be aiming to increase the amount of face to face consultations available to patients.
We will continue to contact all our patients who require scheduled vaccinations, chronic disease reviews or routine screening e.g., cervical screening tests.
WHY DOES THE FAMILY PRACTICE HAVE TO MOVE?
The Family Practice is an old town house with limited space for clinicians and administrative staff. There are also a limited amount of phone lines and therefore the merger will give patients improved access. Partnership Primary Care Centre is a purpose-built modern building which will enable clinicians with various specialities to be able to work collaboratively. This will improve patient care.
CAN’T THE NEW PRACTICE BE CLOSER TO THE FAMILY PRACTICE?
Unfortunately, there are no suitable premises closer that we can deliver primary care from. Having looked at all suitable options available to us, we believe the best place we can relocate to is Partnership Primary Care Centre.
WILL THE SURGERY OPENING TIMES STAY THE SAME?
Yes. There will also be more options for appointments in extended hours clinics (early morning or late evenings).
HOW WILL YOU MAKE SURE THERE IS NO REDUCTION IN THE QUALITY OF SERVICES THAT ARE PROVIDED?
The quality of our services will continue to remain our number one priority and will continue to be monitored in the same way as they are now. We anticipate the quality of services will improve as we will only be at one location. We will continue to benchmark all our services against national and local targets to ensure that we are flexible in our response to meet our patient’s needs within Islington.
WILL THE MERGER AFFECT MY TREATMENT OR MEDICATION I RECEIVE?
No. Current treatments, medications or investigations will not be affected.
WILL I NEED TO RE-REGISTER?
No. All patients will be automatically merged, and your health records will stay within one single secure database.
WILL THERE BE NEW SERVICES FOR PATIENTS?
Yes. The practice will hope to be able to expand the services that we are able to provide locally. Initially we aim to reintroduce a phlebotomy service at Partnership Primary Care Centre for our patients.
IS THERE ENOUGH SPACE FOR ALL PATIENTS TO BE REGISTERED AT PARTNERSHIP PRIMARY CARE CENTRE?
Yes. There are currently vacant rooms at Partnership Primary Care Centre. Using these rooms will enable us to accommodate all patients and staff.
HOW WILL THE MERGER BENEFIT STAFF?
Our clinical staff will have access to a wider pool of clinical knowledge and expertise to draw upon and we will have far greater opportunities to specialise in areas such as diabetes, care of the elderly, palliative care, and urgent care. The administration team will have more time to spend on responding to and delivering the care our patients need. There will be greater opportunities for training and career development. We will not be making any staff redundant. In fact we will aim to increase the amount of clinicians available to patients.
WHAT WILL HAPPEN TO THE PPG?
We will join both groups. This will provide a larger voice for the patients and therefore ensure productive meetings to help improve patient care.
WILL THE CONTACT DETAILS BE CHANGING?
Once the merger has completed, we will use the Partnership Primary Care Centre phone number, website, and mail address. All information will be shared with patients prior to the merger.
WHAT HAPPENS NEXT?
We will keep all patients informed via our websites and in further PPG meetings. All patients will also be sent correspondence regarding any confirmed plans. We understand this proposal might affect some people more than others so before any final decisions are made, we would like to hear your views, recommendations, and any potential challenges this relocation might mean for you.
Please click on the link below which will take you to a short survey.
You can also send your comments to us via the following dedicated email address:
If you would like to speak to the practice manager regarding the merger then please call the dedicated merger phone line 07918922481 between 1pm-5pm Monday to Friday.
If you would prefer to fill in a paper copy of the survey, then please ask at reception.
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