New GP Surgery
Groundwork has begun on the care quarter next to Martin Dalby Way and Paradise Orchard. There will be a new GP surgery (with dental suite) nearest the big roundabout, a care home and a nursery on the site. The GP surgery project has been run by a collaboration between Montpelier Estates and the doctors from Meadowcroft Surgery and Berryfields Medical Centre, with help from the Buckinghamshire CCG and NHS England, and has so far taken about two and a half years through some twists and turns, not least the lockdown.
On 1st April 2021 the two surgeries merged legally and financially, but until we are move into the new building, patients will not notice any difference as they will continue to go to the same site and see the same staff as before. The merger means that we now have 26,000 patients and continue to grow with the new housing in North-West Aylesbury and Berryfields. We will be completely merged with the same systems and services by the time we move in to the new building.
The building will be three storeys, the second floor initially not covering the entire building ‘footprint’, with the agreement to extend the second floor as we grow. In the large open lobby we are planning to provide help for the community member to find out about and plan the care that they need as easily and efficiently as possible, with trained reception staff and public IT (this is called “care navigation”). This, and some rooms behind the reception area could also be used by community groups who have interests in health promotion. Moving further into the building there will be three clinical room clusters each with mini waiting areas which will enable staff to work in multidisciplinary teams; it may be that people are registered with one of these clusters and their staff for mutual familiarity. There will be a larger nursing / procedure area on the first floor. On the first floor there will be a dental suite and another area for group consultations. The top floor will be mainly for staff and other local NHS groups, and will have a large meeting room.
Look out for pictures and diagrams on the surgery websites over coming months.
We hope that many people will walk or cycle to the surgery if they are able, in order to reduce traffic and improve health. The Aylesbury Garden Town project which is right opposite the surgery looks like it could greatly improve off-road access from Quarrendon and Buckingham Park; please consider feeding back to the council about the importance of off road access while the Garden Town consultation is still open https://www.aylesburygardentown.co.uk/the-masterplan-and-projects/the-gardenway/how-to-get-involved/ . We have been liaising with the council and bus companies. There will be a large car park in front of the surgery.
We are not quite at the stage of knowing the details of how systems within the new building will function, but we know that the building will enable us to deliver a more modern high quality primary care health service, working more closely with community groups and catering for all ages and disabilities, which is more able to adjust to changing needs over time. We are determined to preserve the important qualities of a friendly, accessible community ethos.
The most-asked question is “When will it be finished?”. I’ve learnt to try and curb my optimism and enthusiasm whenever I’m asked this, so I’m saying “hopefully before the end of 2022”.
Berryfields Medical Centre and Meadowcroft Surgery in Aylesbury are planning to merge to create a single GP practice later this year – and patients are invited to share their views on this change. In recent years there have been increased pressures placed upon General Practice. The rising elderly population, the growth in long term illnesses like diabetes and asthma and the need to move more work from hospitals into the community means that General Practice needs to work in different ways to absorb this increased workload. The partners at Berryfields and Meadowcroft feel that the best way to continue to offer patients an innovative, sustainable, high quality service into the future is to merge the two practices. As many patients will be aware, both practices have worked very closely together for some years and will be moving into a new building later this year. The merger is planned to take effect from 1 April 2022, when the practice will change its name to Berrycroft Community Health Centre (BCHC). . Both surgeries will remain open after the merger, until the new site at Martin Dalby Way is ready. Then the existing buildings will close and staff will relocate to the new site. We expect this to take place sometime before the end of summer 2022. Until the relocation, there will be very little change to the way patients use their practice – they will be able to see the same staff in the same way. Partner Dr Clayton said: “Both Berryfields and Meadowcroft have a growing population with increasingly complex healthcare needs. Merging our practices will make us more resilient, creating a stable and sustainable GP practice for the future. It will also mean we have a larger pool of staff and expertise to draw from and will help us work toward bringing services from hospital into the community for the convenience of patients. It will also give us the opportunity to reduce some of our overhead costs due to economies of scale. We are really excited by this change, but we would like to hear from any patients who may have views or feedback on our merger, or who have any particular questions we can answer.” You can view some FAQs around the merger by clicking here. Alternatively, please watch this YouTube video: https://youtu.be/bOTIQAcv7H0.
To share your views, please feel free to contact us in the following ways:
• Fill out this Online Survey
• By mail to either practice building
• By email to firstname.lastname@example.org (please state ‘merger feedback’ in the subject heading