Leeds GP practices merger plan

GP TEAM: Doctors Chris Mills, Elaine James, Gwyn Elias, Laura Clegg and Adrian Rees.
GP TEAM: Doctors Chris Mills, Elaine James, Gwyn Elias, Laura Clegg and Adrian Rees.
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Two GP practices have announced plans to merge as they seek to pool their resources after doctors retire.

Yeadon Tarn Medical Practice and Rawdon Surgery in north west Leeds intend to operate as a single GP practice.

Bosses at the two surgeries said they would keep their current buildings and patients would be able to retain their own named GP.

They said there were no plans to make any staff redundant.

If the merger goes ahead it is planned to happen in April 2019.

Dr Adrian Rees said two GPs had reached retirement age at the Yeadon practice and another at Rawdon would be retiring early next year.

Dr Rees, GP Partner at the Yeadon practice, said: “We chose to take this opportunity to make both practices stronger, successful and viable for primary care in the coming decades.

“One united practice will allow us to attract and retain new talent, across both clinical and support staff.

“More GP’s will afford us multiple benefits including the reduction of locum doctors, increased continuity of care, less administration for each partner and as a result an increase in GP appointments. “

This will also include increased out-of-hours and urgent care capacity.”

The British Medical Association has warned that almost 40 per cent of GPs are planning to quit the profession within the next five years and many face stressful workloads.

NHS England has promised an extra £2.4bn a year for general practice and 5,000 more family doctors by 2021 as part of its GP Forward View.