Hywel Dda University Health Board has confirmed that, further to the announcement that Ashleigh Surgery will be closing on 28th February, all 3,694 patients of the surgery have been allocated places at neighbouring practices.
Following a period of patient engagement with staff, patients, the local community, and the Community Health Council, the health board has now written to individual patients with details of their new practice.
In November, 170 people attended an event in Cardigan to discuss future general medical services in the area, and patients were reassured that they will continue to be offered these services from an alternative surgery close to where they live, after Ashleigh Surgery ends its contract at the close of February.
Jill Paterson, Director of Primary Care, Community and Long-Term Care at Hywel Dda University Health Board, said, ‘We wish to reassure patients that no-one will be without access to GP services. All patients have been allocated to a GP practice based on their home address and the practice boundaries and the need to balance the numbers between the practices to avoid any further destabilisation.
‘We are continuing to work with all of the practices involved to ensure as smooth a transition as possible. There may be some minimal disruption while patient records are transferred, so we appreciate the patience of all patients at this time of change.
‘We would like to thank all practices involved for their co-operation during this transition period which will enable general medical services to continue to be provided in the area in a sustainable way.’
Patients can continue to use the services of Ashleigh Surgery until 28th February, and from 1st March, their care will transfer to their new surgery.