Plans get underway for new Holywell Medical Group services provider

Former Holywell Medical Group, Holywell Street, Chesterfield.
Former Holywell Medical Group, Holywell Street, Chesterfield.
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Health chiefs are inviting concerned patients affected by the collapse of the Holywell Medical Group to a number of drop-in sessions to find them a new and permanent provider of care services.

Chesterfield Royal Hospital NHS Foundation Trust temporarily took over the Holywell Medical Group in May after two of its five surgeries were forced to close and three others were handed to the trust.

Those closed included Holywell House and Barrow Hill surgeries and all the group’s patients have since be cared for at the remaining three sites at Grange Family Health Centre, Staveley-based Rectory Surgery and Inkersall Family Medical Centre. The Holywell Medical Group collapsed after staff shortages and financial pressures.

NHS North Derbyshire Clinical Commissioning Group is hosting the five drop-in sessions.

NHS North Derbyshire CCG chairman Dr Ben Milton said: “Royal Primary Care has done an excellent job over the last six months providing a safe and sustainable service for patients and now we are asking patients to help us find a permanent provider for GP services in Chesterfield and Staveley. We look forward to welcoming patients to the drop-in events we have planned and hearing their views, ideas and comments.”

Five drop-in events will be taking place at the following times and places: Thursday, December 3, 2pm to 6pm, at Assembly Rooms, Market Hall, Chesterfield; Monday, December 7, 2pm to 6pm, at the Grange Health Centre, Stubbing Road, Grangewood, Chesterfield; Tuesday, December 8, 2pm to 6pm, at Rectory Road Medical Centre, Staveley; Thursday, December 10, 12pm to 6pm, at New Haven Rest Rooms, Station Road, Barrow Hill, Staveley; and Friday, December 11, 2pm to 6pm, at Inkersall Medical Centre, Atlee Road, Inkersall.

Feedback from these events will be used to help North Derbyshire CCG design the specification that will be used to invite expressions of interest to procure a permanent new provider that can continue to deliver safe, sustainable and quality services well into the future.

For those that are unable to attend the events and would like to contribute to this process, a feedback survey will be available online from Monday 16 November at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/NDCCGPEE01. For anyone that is unable to complete the survey online, a paper-based version will be available in the reception area at all three practices. The survey will close 20 December 2015.

If anyone has any enquiries about the drop-in sessions or the feedback survey, they can call 01246 514 328. This information will also be available at www.northderbyshireccg.nhs.uk.