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IMG 0235Our 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.

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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.

IMG 0235Due to the government coronavirus advice the two consultation events regarding Adel surgery have been cancelled for public and patient safety.

You can still:

This survey runs from Monday 24 February 2020 until midnight on Sunday 5 April 2020.



Please do not book a GP  appointment or  attend your GP practice  if you have symptoms associated with coronavirus including a new continuous cough or a high temperature. You, and anyone living in the same house, are advised to stay at home for 14 days.

IMG 0235We are asking for the views of our patients for our proposals to close our branch surgery at Long Causeway, Adel (Adel Surgery). This survey runs from Monday 24 February 2020 until midnight on Sunday 5 April 2020.

The reasons behind our proposal:

  • To allow us to bring all our services and resources under one roof and enable us to continue to improve the excellent standard of care we offer our patients.
  • To enable us to use our staff more efficiently so that they can see all patients at one site without any need to travel between the two practices.
  • To enable us to increase the number of appointments offered at Alwoodley to help accommodate demand.
  • Adel Surgery is not fit for the purpose of delivering modern, high quality healthcare and is in need of substantial investment, with a particular need to bring it up to the standards needed to support those with a disability.
  • Figures show that Alwoodley patients used Adel Surgery 4676 times and the Alwoodley Surgery 56990 times during the last 12 months and Adel patients have been seen at Alwoodley 5574 times and at the Adel surgery only 4145 times. This shows that a higher percentage of appointments at the Adel site are taken up by patients who are nearer to the Alwoodley site.
  • We are rated as ‘Good’ by the Care Quality Commission (CQC). Our proposal would allow us to respond to well documented staffing issues in the NHS so that we can continue to provide the best possible care for our patients.

Find out more about our proposal

Before you share your views, you may want to read through the following:

  • Our pdfletter to all households where at least one person is registered to Alwoodley Medical Practice – both our main site and branch surgery at Adel
  • Our pdfengagement document which provides more background to our proposal and your options should you choose to register with another neighbouring practice
  • Our pdfengagement plan which demonstrates how we’ve taken every opportunity to let people know about our proposal and encouraged you to share your views

Share your views on our proposal

You can share your views in the following ways:

  • Complete our online survey:
  • Pick up a printed copy of our survey from either Alwoodley or Adel and post or return the completed form to us
  • Come along to one of our public meetings as follows
  • Wednesday 25th March 2020, 1800-1900, Alwoodley Medical Centre, Saxon Mount, Leeds, LS17 5DT
  • Thursday 2nd April 2020, 1400-1500, The Alwoodley Room, Weetwood hall conference centre.

We look forward to hearing from you. Please remember to share your views before the survey closes at midnight on Sunday 5 April