NHS Dorset Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) has written to all patients registered with Longfleet House Surgery in Poole advising them that they will be transferred to a different local practice in the coming weeks in advance of its closure at the end of June.

Patients who would prefer to register with an alternative practice to the one offered can do so. Details on this can be found at https://www.nhs.uk/using-the-nhs/nhs-services/gps/patient-choice-of-gp-practices/.

The decision to close the surgery was made in the face of growing demand and the challenges that are being experienced nationally including workforce and increasing costs. It is anticipated the transfer of care will be completed by mid-June 2019.

Patients were informed of the closure in April and a recent open event saw over 100 people attend to speak with the team and get their questions answered.

Longfleet House Surgery is contracted to remain open until 28 June 2019.

Rob Payne, Head of Primary Care at NHS Dorset CCG said “During March 2019 we received notice from Dr Jones that he wished to close the practice. We have since been working with him and the practice team to ensure the smooth transition of patients to new practices, meaning people can continue to receive primary care services locally.”

The change will affect approximately 3,500 patients.