More than 2,500 patients in and around Steeple Bumpstead are to be asked for their views on a proposal to close the Steeple Bumpstead Surgery in Bower Hall Drive.
Dr David Brandon, Clinical Lead GP, said: “Due to the COVID 19 pandemic, the Steeple Bumpstead Surgery building has not been utilised since early 2020. Patients are being supported remotely with consultations at Clements Surgery in Haverhill if they need to be seen face to face, where social distancing and infection control measures are in place to ensure they can be seen safely. This has been working very well for almost 18 months now.
“The Steeple Bumpstead building is small and limited in the provision it can offer, and it is felt that patients who were originally registered at the surgery now have access to better quality healthcare at the main Clements Surgery site, approximately four miles away.
“With this in mind, we would like to gather the views of our patients and the local community about our proposal to permanently close the Steeple Bumpstead branch surgery and to continue providing a full range of quality healthcare services for all patients from the Clements site.”
The engagement exercise will run between August 23 and October 11 and seek views on any possible impact this would have on patients transferred to Unity Healthcare from the Steeple Bumpstead Surgery and other patients in Unity Healthcare’s catchment area.
Two online events are being held to provide an opportunity for people to hear more information and the background to the proposal, and to ask questions. These will be held on Monday September 6 from 6.30pm to 7.30pm and on Thursday September 9 from 10.30am to 11.30am.
Further information, including an online survey, Q&As and links to join the online events, is available via Unity’s website. If you would like to provide feedback about the proposal, need support to engage with the proposal or would like help to understand more about health and care services in your area please get in touch with our friendly team at Healthwatch Essex.