Merger of practices is postponed by four months

(l-r) Holme Bubwith Medical Group staff. Pictured are Sophie Booth, Claire Triffitt, Dr Robert Horsley, Dr Kieth Richardson, Lindsay Turton and Samantha Scott.

(l-r) Holme Bubwith Medical Group staff. Pictured are Sophie Booth, Claire Triffitt, Dr Robert Horsley, Dr Kieth Richardson, Lindsay Turton and Samantha Scott.

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The planned merger of two medical practices in the area has been postponed until later this year.

Holme Bubwith Medical Group and Brough and South Cave Medical Practice are set to join forces to form a single practice, serving a patient population of almost 27,000.

The merger, which promises to enhance local patient care, will now come into effect on 1 November, subject to legal and financial processes being completed, rather than 1 July, as was originally planned.

The new practice will be called The Ridings Medical Group. There will be no change to individual sites, both practices will continue to operate from their current locations. A spokesperson for Holme Bubwith Medical Group and Brough and South Cave Medical Practice said: “This is a very exciting time for us. Our practice teams have been working together since February on a formal basis in preparation for the merger.”
Speaking about the date of the merger being put back to 1 November, the spokesperson added: “There has been substantial, unforeseen additional work involved in combining two clinical systems across four sites. Whilst this work is progressing very well, revising the formal date of the merger allows extra time to successfully manage the additional workload within our two already very busy GP practices.”

The combined clinical workforce, of 17 GPs and four specialist nurse practitioners, will offer the potential to expand the range of services for local patients. This could include introducing specialist diabetes and respiratory nursing services in each location, and an opportunity for patients at Holme-on-Spalding Moor, Bubwith and the surrounding area to have access to female GPs.