Consultation over future of GP centres

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TWO doctor’s surgeries are at risk of closure while the NHS reviews the number of GP practices.

The contracts are due for renewal at the walk-in centre at Easington’s Healthworks and Jupiter House in Horden next March.

A public consultation is underway, but NHS England say there is no need for patients to re-register at other practices at this stage.

Bosses at Healthworks, in Paradise Lane, have stressed that the award-winning community venue will not close and that it is only the walk-in element that is under scrutiny.

County councillor for Easington, Dr David Boyes, said: “The CCG is doing an assessment of all the walk-in centres, a lot of it’s down to footfall.

“Ours in Easington hasn’t been used as much as the ones in Peterlee or Seaham.”

Coun June Clark, who represents Horden, said it was disappointing that Horden’s practice was in an area where lots of elderly people live and they may have to travel. But she added: “Hopefully this consultation will give people a chance to here what’s being put on.”

Healthwatch County Durham wants to hear the views of patients on how potential closures will affect them. The consultation ends on Sunday.

To give views, email, freephone 08008 8010384, call (01325) 375960 or write to HWCD, The Work Place, Heighington Lane Aycliffe Business Park, Newton Aycliffe, County Durham, DL5 6AH.