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Popley GP practices join forces
TWO GP practices in a Basingstoke suburb have merged as part of an NHS efficiency drive.
The Bermuda Practice and The Marlowe Practice, both based at Shakespeare House, in Popley, have merged into a single operation –- The Bermuda and Marlowe Practice.
All patients previously registered at either surgery will turn left into the Marlowe surgery for pre-booked GP appointments, and will turn right into the Bermuda surgery for all acute and on-the-day appointments.
Jan Saunders, of the Patient Participation Group, said: “It may be a little bit confusing at first, but patients will see the same doctor – just in a different place.
“Everyone will get the hang of turning left for doctor appointments already booked and turning right if it’s an urgent on-the-day appointment.”
The two practices have until now been completely separate, although in the same building, but a new computer system has enabled the two practices to merge.
The merger is part of a drive to make better use of NHS resources. It should also improve patient care, as it should mean patients are able to see their regular doctor more easily, said practice GP Dr Paul Conley.
He added: “This will offer greater continuity of care for patients with long-term conditions and it means those patients who need to be seen quickly will be.”
Dr Conley said that patients will still be able to see the GP of their choice.
Before the merger, some services, including the Travel Clinic, were only available at the Bermuda practice, but now they will be available to patients at both practices. All phone numbers for the surgeries will remain the same.
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