Chessel Practice

Sullivan Road, Sholing, Southampton, Hampshire SO19 0HS

Chessel Practice proposed merger with Bath Lodge

Dear Patient Important information about your GP Practice – Chessel Practice

As a registered patient with Chessel Practice I am writing to you to provide you with important information in relation to your practice. We are committed to providing the best possible service for our patients, and it is proposed to merge with the nearby Bath Lodge practice to ensure that both practices are sustainable for the future. This change would see the GPs, staff and patients from Bath Lodge Practice joining us at the Chessel Practice site. This would create a stronger team, allowing us to offer you more appointments and a wider range of healthcare services. This would also enable us to provide longer opening hours at our branch site on Chessel Avenue with better staffing levels. The proposed merger will make it possible to increase the number of permanent doctors, nurse practitioners and nurses available to you. This could enable us to offer more flexibility with appointments in the future. We value you as a patient and we would be very keen to continue to provide you with healthcare at Chessel Practice.

However, you may wish to consider registering with another practice of your choice, our staff will be happy to provide you with information about other surgeries in the area. Your views are important to us, so if you have any questions and/or comments, or you would like further information, please come and see us at one of the patient information sessions detailed below. Alternatively you can complete a survey which is available from reception and can also be accessed via https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/RMS792D.

We would also welcome your comments via the phone. Please call us on 02380 442111. We have arranged the following sessions that you may wish to attend. Patient Information Sessions

Session 1   Wednesday 15th May 1-3pm Bath Lodge Practice, Bitterne Health Centre, Commercial Street, SO18 0HS

Session 2   Thursday 13th June 6-8pm Chessel Practice, Chessel Avenue, Bitterne, SO19 4AA

There will be further dates available after July – dates will be advertised in all practices

What happens next?

We will continue to keep patients informed and will write to you following the engagement period. This will include updates of the next steps and summaries of key themes and answers to questions from the information sessions. Healthwatch Southampton is the statutory independent consumer champion for users of health and social care services. It listens to, advises and speaks up on behalf of consumers. If you have any concerns or would like to discuss these changes with Healthwatch, please call 02380 216018, Email: healthwatch@southamptonvs.org.uk or go to www.healthwatchsouthampton .co.uk.

The decision on our proposal to merge will be made by NHS Southampton City Clinical Commissioning Group on 19th June 2019 after considering the patient feedback we receive, the financial information and the business case. Further information will be available to patients after this date.

Thank you for your continued support

Celine Rushbrooke

Practice Manager