HEALTH bosses have pledged that services in two villages will remain local.
NHS Derbyshire County issued a statement stressing its “commitment” to Creswell and Langwith patients as the PCT’s contract with The Practice group – involved with primary health care at both villages’ medical centres – ends naturally in October 2012.
Introducing new services or facililities, with the transfer of patients to other practices, is likely.
NHS Derbyshire County said it is working closely with local GPs and councils to ensure a smooth transition of services for patients when the contract ends.
Jackie Pendleton, assistant director of commissioning, said: “Patients are at the heart of everything we do, so we are planning well in advance to ensure our patients benefit from the highest quality of care in 2012 and beyond.
“It’s important that services in Creswell and Langwith are the most appropriate for our patients’ needs.
“So, we are now in early discussions with GPs and local councils and we will be speaking to patient groups shortly.
“All of our patients currently registered with the two practices can be assured that services will remain close to home and we will continue to keep them informed of new developments.”
As of 19 November 2010, Chilvers & McCrea Ltd, which currently provides primary health care services at Creswell and Langwith Medical Centres, became part of The Practice group.
Further information for patients is available by calling the PCT’s Patient Advice and Liaison Service (PALS) on 0800 783 7279.