New building could fill the gap left by Abbotsbury Road surgery

New building could fill the gap left by Abbotsbury Road surgery

Published by George Sharpe at 5:16pm 10th January 2019.

They say their long-term aspiration is to have a purpose-built surgery in West Weymouth.

Dorset CCG says it’s looking to replace Abbotsbury Road with another building in the area in the future.

It’s not clear when this will happen but they say having a surgery in the west of Weymouth is a priority.

Dr Karen Kirkham from the CCG said: “Our aspiration is that we try and get a purpose-built surgery for the West of the town in Weymouth and we’re working on plans to do that but clearly that’s a longer ambition.”

The surgery in Weymouth’s closing down in March this year due to problems recruiting new GP’s.

9,000 patients will be told where their new surgery is this week and when they can expect to move over to their new service.

Photo of NHS signs outside Chickerell Primary Academy
Photo of drop-in event at Chickerell Primary Academy

Abbotsbury Road registered patients had a chance to ask any questions or voice concerns at a drop-in event at Chickerell Primary Academy last night.

Dr. Kirkham was at the event. She says they’ve worked hard to make sure the move is safe.

“It’s clearly been a really big exercise to try and get 9,000 patients a new GP, and our prime concern was that we did this safely.”

Transfer period

During the transfer period there will possibly be a period where some services are unavailable. The CCG’s asking people to remember there are other ways to get help:

  • Call 111 for advice, they can also make you an appointment with the local out of hours GP service if you need it;
  • Visit the Weymouth Urgent Treatment Centre at Weymouth Hospital;
  • In an emergency call 999 or attend your nearest emergency department (also known as A&E).

Details of any disruption will be made available in advance both in practices and online via practice websites.

Welcome events will also be arranged for each practice to get to know new patients and help acclimatise them with how the practice works.