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We need to make a small change to the delivery of services by Ponteland Medical Group.
Providing services from the Darras Hall site is no longer sustainable. This is because the cost of running a clinic from there once a week is disproportionate to the service currently provided. We currently rent a clinical space in this privately owned property.
Only around eight appointments a week, between 6pm and 8pm on a Tuesday, are delivered from Darras Hall.
Due to the very small number of patients who access the surgery, we expect the impact of stopping this clinic to be minimal.
We do appreciate that if you do access services from this site, this may be concerning for you. You will able to arrange appointments at Ponteland Medical Group’s main surgery, located just 1.6 miles away form the Darras Hall site.
As you will know, Darras Hall is well served by public transport, with the X78/74 dropping passengers on Ponteland’s West Road, a short (six minute) walk to the main surgery. This service runs every 15 minutes. Patients also have the option of accessing care at the Dinnington surgery.
Extended access appointments, between 6pm and 8pm, can be booked at Cramlington Medical Group.
This service has been well utilised by Ponteland Medical Group patients. Cramlington Medical Group is a 15-minute drive from Ponteland. Patients are also able to use public transport to get to Cramlington by taking the X78/74 into Newcastle city centre and connect to the X9/X10/X11 to Cramlington.
Patients will also have the option of a telephone appointment, if appropriate.
Patients do not need to do anything
Patients who access care at the Darras Hall site don’t have to re-register with Ponteland Medical Group and will be able to continue to access care from Ponteland Medical Group’s main practice, as well as the one in Dinnington.
Patients who are registered at Ponteland Medical Group, but do not go to Darras Hall, will see no change to their services.
Getting feedback from patients and other stakeholders
To ensure we give patients and stakeholders the chance to give us feedback on this change, raise any issues or ask any questions that they may have, we will carry out some engagement. This will be done over a four-week period, starting from Thursday 14 September.
To make sure we hear from as people as possible, people can share their views in a number of ways.
- Complete our online survey (which will be texted to patients too) by Friday 13 October 2023.
- Ask our reception team at any of the Ponteland Medical Group surgeries for a hard copy of the survey. This can be filled out anonymously if you wish. You do not need to give us any personal information if you choose not to. We will need your survey back by Friday 13 October 2023.
- Write to the practice management team at Darras Hall Surgery, Broadway, Darras Hall, Ponteland, Newcastle upon Tyne NE20 9PW or contact Ponteland Medical Group on 01661 825 513.
- Contact Healthwatch Northumberland, on
(local call rate) or email firstname.lastname@example.org. 03332 408 468
Once the engagement has ended, we will take all the feedback on board and update patients and stakeholders.
We will of course keep everyone updated with progress.
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