Walton Surgery in Felixstowe will close its doors to patients on Tuesday March 31.
This follows the decision by the Suffolk GP Federation, which currently provides primary care services at the surgery, to end its contract to run the practice.
The Federation’s decision was due, for the most part, to the difficulties it has experienced in staffing this small surgery.
This is against the backdrop of a national shortage of GPs and ongoing recruitment and retention challenges affecting the whole country.
The NHS Ipswich & East Suffolk Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) thoroughly investigated the possibility of another provider taking over the running of the surgery, but this has not proved possible.
The three other GP surgeries in Felixstowe – Howard House, Haven Health and The Grove – are keen to welcome Walton’s patients into their surgeries.
The proposed managed dispersal of patients to the other practices was approved by the Ipswich & East Suffolk Primary Care Commissioning Committee (PCCC) on Monday (Feb 3).
You will receive a letter in due course advising you which of the three other Felixstowe surgeries you have been allocated to, based on your postcode.
This will ensure that all Felixstowe residents are automatically registered with another local practice and do not then need to take any further action unless they wish to do so.
Patients can however choose to register with another Felixstowe surgery at any point.
The Grove, Haven Health and Howard House surgeries have all said they will make Walton patients most welcome.
In the meantime, further information will be available at the following events:
- Friday 21st February, 5pm to 6pm – public meeting organised by Therese Coffey MP, by appointment only via email to firstname.lastname@example.org or by phoning 0207-219 7164 by midday on Wednesday 19th February when venue will be disclosed
- Monday 24th February, 12pm to 2pm – public drop-in event, Walton Community Hall, 274 High Street, Walton, Felixstowe IP11 9SD
- Wednesday 11th March, 2pm to 4pm – public drop-in event, Walton Community Hall, 274 High Street, Walton, Felixstowe IP11 9SD