Residents fear the closure of a GP surgery in a Sheffield suburb would have a ‘devastating’ impact on the community.
Patient Mike Brady, aged 79, of Bents Road in Bents Green, has started a petition to try to keep the surgery open.
More than 2,500 patients face an uncertain future and may have to be incorporated into nearby practices.
The practice’s two GPs, Dr Claire Reynolds and Dr Mark Rogers, are set to leave, ending services from April 1, 2016.
Retired schoolteacher Mr Brady warned: “It would be devastating if Bents Green Surgery closed down, it’s on a bus route and it is well liked by many that use it.
“I’ve not met one person that has had a problem with the service provided.”
Mr Brady added: “NHS England don’t seem to be in such a hurry to send consultation letters out.
“Closing the surgery would not make any sense. There are around 2,6000 people that use it and we would have to be absorbed to other surgeries.
“At current times the surgeries may not be able to cope with incorporating us.
“We hear about waiting for three weeks for a appointment and this would add to the problem.”
Mr Brady is drafting a letter to health chiefs urging them to ‘think carefully’ about their decision.
The petition can be signed at Bents Green shops, Ecclesall shops and Banner Cross post office.
A NHS England – North spokesperson said: “Dr Rogers and Dr Reynolds have both taken the decision to leave Bents Green Surgery and will, therefore, no longer be providing GP services from the surgery from 1 April 2016.
“We are in the process of writing to all patients registered at the practice to obtain their views with regard to the future of services and their feedback will inform any decisions we make.
“NHS England is committed to ensuring patients can continue to have access to high quality GP services and we would also like to thank Dr Rogers and Dr Reynolds for their work in the local community providing high quality services to patients.”