We wanted to take the opportunity to update all patients regarding Adel surgery.
The engagement events planned for May had to be cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. We have committed to engaging as best as possible and can now confirm that an online engagement event will take place on Wednesday 10th June at 7pm. The event video/audio will be hosted online to maximise accessibility and you will be able to submit questions both in advance and during the event.
Register to attend at https://www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/AdelClosure/
The reports for the meeting:
Our GP practice was committed to carrying out an open and transparent engagement with our patients on our proposal to close Adel Surgery. As we’re sure our patients will understand the emergence of the COVID-19 outbreak has caused significant disruption to people’s lives and for us has resulted in some significant changes that we’ve had to put in place really quickly.
Our intention was to extend the date of the engagement so that we could hold, at the very least, one face to face event however there appears to be little possibility of a return to normal life for the foreseeable future. Even if the outbreak ends sooner, the impact of post-pandemic support will add further pressure on our GP practices as well as other services. This means we would not be able to commit to planning and running any formal events as it would inappropriate to divert our clinical staff away from patient care. This leaves us in a really difficult situation as we concentrate our resources on dealing with the pandemic. With this in mind, we’re realistically unable to pull together an analysis of people’s responses until mid-May. We appreciate this may create a degree of uncertainty but we ask for your understanding at this difficult time for all those in frontline services.
We remain committed to completing the engagement as fully as possible and we will need to have provided evidence to NHS Leeds CCG by July to allow them to make a decision on what future service provision might be needed in the area. Again this will be difficult for them to plan while dealing with the pandemic. This, however, must be weighed against the lease on the premises expiring in March 2021, with a decision on the lease being necessary by October 2020.
If after the analysis we feel there’s a need to hold any follow up event, this would out of necessity have to be done online. We understand this would exclude those who aren’t confident with digital tools or those who aren’t online at all. Again this is to minimise public health risk. However we’ll work with local councillors so that we can encourage people to share any questions they have through non-digital means.
We appreciate that these are highly unusual circumstances, and want to work together to find a way forward. We will consider any concerns raised, as indeed will NHS Leeds CCG, when we’ve finalised the analysis of responses. We are disappointed that COVID-19 has led to us having to cancel the public meetings and with little hope of holding any such meetings within the timescales for our lease expiring.
We will update our patients on our next steps and this will be based on the findings from the independent analysis which will form the focus for any online engagement event.
We appreciate everyone’s patience during these unprecedented times for all of us.
Alwoodley Medical Centre will be open on Good Friday and Easter Monday for urgent medical matters. Please contact us in the usual way if you have medical needs. All of our services are now provided on a 'telephone first' basis for infection control. Please see this video below where Dr Sutcliffe explains what this means.
Alwoodley Medical Centre is taking measures to protect patients and their staff. This includes changes to the way appointments are booked, reducing face to face appointments and increasing telephone/video consultations. We need to introduce additional temporary measures for business continuity and to make best use of our available workforce. In our case this means that our smaller branch site at Adel needs to close temporarily.
After 42 years of nursing, with 26 of those years with the practice I have decided to retire and will be leaving the surgery at the end of March.
I would like to take this opportunity to wish the practice population the best of good health and leave you in the capable hands of the clinical team whose aim is to provide you with quality care.
To those patients and their families who I have known for many years I would like to extend a big thank you for the many smiles, lots of laughter, some tears, some losses but much friendship, support and respect. It has been a pleasure and a privilege to have been part of your healthcare needs. I sincerely wish you and your families all the best wishes.
In response to Karen............Sister Gornall has been an invaluable member of our team for 26 years and it has been a pleasure to work with her. Karen will be greatly missed by colleagues and patients. We wish her a long and happy retirement.