Merged Marlborough Medical Practice & Pewsey Surgery gets a new name - and Dr Hanson retires
The Marlborough medical Practice will be merging with Pewsey Surgery on 1 April 2017 - and will be known as the Kennet and Avon Medical Partnership. The plan for the merger was first revealed in November.
It has also been announced that Dr Sally Hanson - a long-standing partner at the Marlborough practice - is retiring on March 31.
Her patient list will be reviewed and patients registered with her will be notified in writing of their Kennet and Avon Medical Partnership Named GP.
The Practice is currently seeking to recruit a new GP to join their team.
Dr Jenny Campbell of the Marlborough Medical Practice told BBC Radio Wiltshire that the GP service they could provide was 'on its last legs' and the merger 'has given us a bit of a lifeline': "The GP service is in dire straits across the country and the county - and it is important people realise that."
"We have decided to meet our troubles head on and merge the two practices under one umbrella organisation." She said the main problem was that recruitment to both practices had become 'impossible'. But she stressed that from the patients' point of view they hoped merger would be 'neutral'.
The merger is being overseen by the Wiltshire Clinical Commissioning Group which has taken over responsibility for Wiltshire's primary care - mainly the GP service run by the county's 55 medical practices - from NHS England.
The target date for implementation of the merger is expected to by the beginning of April.
Reminder: there is a public meeting at the Town Hall on Wednesday, January 25 to discuss the Marlborough Medical Practice merger with Pewsey Surgery.
It will start at 6.0pm and run until 7.30pm.