Sheffield surgery likely to close following patient consultation

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A Sheffield surgery is likely to close after patients voted in favour of it shutting to retain service levels at its sister site.

More than 600 patients took part in a consultation on the future of Sothall and Beighton Medical Practice over the prospect of either closing the Beighton site or reducing services at both practices because of funding cuts.

Patients started a petition opposing proposals to close down Beighton Medical centre.

Patients started a petition opposing proposals to close down Beighton Medical centre.

Practice bosses have now submitted a business case to NHS England, suggesting the Beighton site is shut.

Of those who participated in the consultation, 64 per cent were in favour of closing Beighton Health Centre on Queens Road to allow for longer opening hours at Sothall Medical Centre on Eckington Road.

The remaining 36 per cent preferred the idea of keeping Beighton Health Centre open and reducing services at both sites.

Practice manager Jackie Ashton said: “As expected there was a mixed response from our patient consultation, with the majority of patients’ preference for the practice to continue to offer and deliver core essential GP services at Sothall. The decision rests with NHS England.”

The results of the consultation have been passed to NHS England, along with a petition signed by hundreds of residents who wanted to keep the Beighton site open.

Practice bosses are hoping for a decision in the next few weeks.

The twin surgeries have around 10,000 patients.

Practice managers are considering the closure because of an anticipated loss of almost a quarter of their funding in the next four years.

They said using a single site would allow for extended opening hours and greater continuity of care.

A spokeswoman for NHS England said: “Beighton and Sothall Health Centre submitted a business case to NHS England with a proposal to close the Beighton branch.

A patient engagement exercise is ongoing and needs to be assessed fully in conjunction with a revised business case and a petition signed by patients.”