Primary care on the agenda later this month

Bury CCG

NHS Bury Clinical Commissioning Group’s (CCG) next Primary Care Commissioning Committee meeting is scheduled to take place on Wednesday 25th April, starting at 12 noon, at Townside Primary Care Centre, Knowsley Place in Bury (5th floor).
The committee, which oversees the work of the CCG in relation to the commissioning of primary care services including GP services, will be making a decision on a proposal for six GP practices in the Bury to merge into one, at the extraordinary meeting.
The six practices proposed their intention to become one practice in August 2017. If approved, the surgeries will become one united practice called Tower Family Healthcare and have over 30 GPs.
The practices included in the intended merger are;
• Greenmount Medical Centre on Brandlesholme Road
• Minden Family Practices on Derby Way, Bury which incorporates three practices, – Yacht, Waves and Anchor
• Spring Lane Surgery, Radcliffe
• Tottington Medical Practice on Market Street
The plans demonstrate one of the biggest mergers of GP surgeries in Greater Manchester and are in line with national guidance to deliver primary care at scale. The practice aims to improve access and provide additional specialist health services aimed at reducing the need for hospital appointments. The merger will provide added flexibility for patients to access services at any of the six sites.
Members of the public are invited to come along to observe and ask questions. Public questions relating to agenda items being discussed are welcome. These should be submitted in advance to allow sufficient time for the question to be picked up and processed in advance of the meeting.
Question forms are available on the CCG’s website under ‘Your local NHS’, and paper copies can be obtained by contacting the CCG by telephone on 0161 762 3189 or by emailing buccg.corporateoffice@nhs.net.
Peter Bury, Chair of the Primary Care Commissioning Committee for NHS Bury CCG said “Our meetings in public provide a great opportunity for local people to come along and find out more about what we do. We regularly welcome members of the public to our meetings and I would encourage anyone who would like to find out more to come along.”
Anyone unable to attend in person can follow the meeting online live on Twitter at @NHSBuryCCG
The agenda and papers for the meeting will be available on the ‘Your local NHS’ section of the CCG website in advance of the meeting.