From 24th January 2022, The Marshside Surgery (along with other local surgeries) will not be registering new patients who are already registered with a GP surgery locally & who still live within that GP surgery's registered practice area. This decision has been supported by Southport & Formby Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG).
Over the past month, a large number of individuals & families have registered as patients at The Marshside Surgery, who had previously been patients at Churchtown Medical Centre. We understand that this is due to some of the regular GPs having left Churchtown Medical Centre recently. This movement of patients is having a significant effect on neighbouring practices, needing to accommodate patients wishing to move who often have complex medical needs & require substantial input from their new practice. In turn, this has a negative impact on the ability of the neighbouring practices to offer on-the-day appointments to their existing patients.
TCG Medical Services, who run Churchtown Medical Centre, have assured the CCG that they have been successful in recruiting a number of new GPs who will start in phases in February 2022. The CCG would like to give Churchtown Medical Centre the opportunity to embed their new staff, for patients to meet the new team & for things to settle. The CCG are asking patients to "please support your GP practices at this time; if you are already registered with a GP in this area, we would ask you to consider whether your decision to move practices could be deferred."
The Marshside Surgery will review this situation on a monthly basis alongside the other local surgeries who have made a similar decision, & we will continue to take exceptional patient circumstances into account on a case-by-case basis.
Thank you very much in anticipation of your support.