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'Business as usual' as new doctors take over at troubled practice

By WMNlynbarton  |  Posted: August 27, 2014

A new GP consortium will take over services at Polkyth in St Austell

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A troubled GP practice which suddenly terminated its NHS contract after reporting “financial difficulties” is to be taken over by a consortium of locally based doctors.

Polkyth Surgery, on Carlyon Road, left thousands of patients in limbo when partners Angus Senior and Manisha Cooper said they had been forced to cede their contract.

NHS England has today announced that a new consortium of three local St Austell GP practices has been formed to take over services.

The group, known as the St Austell Healthcare Group, will comprise of Wheal Northey Surgery, Park Medical Centre and Woodland Road Surgery, who have agreed a 12-month contract with NHS England, starting from September 1.

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All services provided at the surgery will continue as before, with the current GP partners and support staff remaining to ensure a smooth transition for patients. Opening hours will remain the same.

Dr Colan Robinson, a GP partner at Wheal Northey, said: “We’re really excited about the prospects for strengthening primary care here in St Austell by coming together and making the most of our joint resources.

“There is huge enthusiasm in the consortium for meeting with our patients, sharing ideas and mapping out how we go forward over the coming year.”

All 9,100 patients will receive letters this week detailing the new arrangements and they will be told it is business as usual until and after the new group takes over.

The next year will be used to consider long-term options for the future of the practice. 

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