People at a Blackpool town centre GP practice have been asked to register elsewhere following the decision to close the surgery.
Elizabeth Street Surgery will close its doors on Friday 29 October 2021 after the practice’s managing partners gave up their contract to provide general practice services earlier this year.
The 4,500 registered patients have all been contacted and given details of the nearest GP practices available to them. The partners at Adelaide Street Family Practice have been acting as caretakers at the practice.
Nick Medway, deputy director of nursing and quality for NHS Blackpool Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), said: “We want to reassure all people registered with Elizabeth Street Surgery that our priority is to make sure they have continued access to high quality GP services.
“All the practices in Blackpool are taking new patients and they are able to choose one that is most convenient for them.
“I would urge all Elizabeth Street patients to choose a new practice as soon as possible, but by no later than Thursday 30 September 2021, to give time for their medical records to be transferred over.”
The nearest GP practices to Elizabeth Street are Adelaide Street Family Practice and South King Street Medical Centre, which are half a mile away, and St Paul’s Medical Centre, which is 1.1 miles away in Dickson Road.
The CCG, which plans and buys healthcare services for the town, will also host drop-in sessions at the practice for anyone with questions or concerns about the closure. Assistance will also be available for anyone needing support to complete GP registration forms.
These will take place on:
- Tuesday 17 August, 10am to noon
- Thursday 19 August, 1pm to 3pm
- Tuesday 24 August, 10am to noon
- Thursday 26 August, 1pm to 3pm