Sawston and Linton Medical Practices to merge

19th December 2016

Granta Medical Practices and Barley Practice plan to merge in April 2017

The Partners of Granta Medical Practices and Barley Practice have taken the decision to merge the two partnerships. On 1st April 2017 the Partners intend to merge the contracts too. Both Granta and Barley are strong practices and very well respected in the local health community. The merger will build on that strength and ensure patients continue to receive the best possible service in the future.

Granta and Barley deliver services to around 26,000 patients and 7,215 patients respectively. We have been in discussions together for the last two years about how we can meet the challenge of improving healthcare with the problems facing the NHS at the moment. The merger of Sawston and Linton has enabled us to recruit 2 Emergency Care Practitioners (paramedics), helping us improve care to the frail and elderly in their own homes. Working with South Cambridgeshire District Council we are about to have patient advocates in the practices to assist patients to get access to all the community services available. The Mental Health trusts are placing Community Psychiatric Nurses in the practices giving our patients direct access to these services. These are just a few of the services we will now be able to offer directly rather than referring to other organisations. This is not a cost saving exercise: there will be no reduction in staffing levels. All partners are personally investing in this merger as a means of building on the services we provide to our patients and with the aim of securing a strong future for general practice in South Cambs.

Initially, we suspect that patients will notice very little difference. Patients will have the flexibility to choose to attend any site. All sites will continue to provide all the current services for patients and, over time, we hope to be able to provide more services shared between the sites such as extended 8-8 opening hours: neither practice could comfortably offer such extended hours alone, but together that becomes more feasible and is certainly a better option than having to travel to either Chesterton or Stevenage for out-of-hours care.

On the 26th of April the patients’ records and computer system will merge. This will require both practices to close from 1pm on the 25th April and open again at 1pm on the 26th April. The out of hours service will be available to our patients during this time.

As always, we appreciate the support and interest of our patients and both Practice Managers are very happy to respond to your comments.

Granta Medical PracticesSawston Medical Centre, London Road, Sawston, Cambridge CB22 3HU, Linton Health Centre, Coles Lane, Linton, Cambridge CB21 4JS, Barley Practice, The Surgery, High Street, Barley, Royston, Herts, SG8 8HY, please visit our website for a full list of GPs and staff  Accredited by the Royal College of General Practitioners as Research Active Practices