We communicated with you earlier in the year regarding a proposed merger between Oakfield Medical Practice and Linthorpe Surgery.
Following feedback and consultation the go ahead was given for the two practices to merge. This process has taken considerably longer than anticipated but we have been given the approval and an official date for the merger.
From THURSDAY 8TH FEBRUARY, 2018 the two practices will join and will be known as Linthorpe Surgery.
Contact telephone numbers will remain the same for each site (Linthorpe 01642 856066 and North Ormesby 01642 244990), however you will be able to request appointments and either site so please note carefully any appointment details and let us know if this is not convenient for you. Clinical, Reception and Admin staff will be working across both sites.
One of the concerns raised in the consultations and through the questionnaires was the fact that there would be a merged practice list of 18,000+ patients, but still the same amount of Clinical staff. We can inform you that this concern was taken on board and further GP's, Nurse Practitioners and an Advanced Physiotherapist have been employed. You will start to notice that the Reception staff will navigate your care to the most appropriate service, as quite often you will not need to see a GP first to be referred to these in-house services. The new staff will be joining Linthorpe Surgery over the coming months and we hope that they will be firmly established by the merger date.
Appointments following the merger will be available to book up to 4 weeks in advance, however any patients with urgent problems who are requesting same day appointments, will be processed through care navigation where possible, otherwise they will be given a telephone consultation with the GP.
There is much to organise prior to the merger and following, however please be assured that your care will not be compromised. Please continue to contact the surgery as you normally would and we will inform you of any changes.