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Branch Surgery to close for time being


A doctors’ branch surgery at Waringstown, Co Down, is to temporarily close on Friday 24th August because its premises no longer offer patients suitably modern facilities for their treatment and care. From that date, its services, provided by Drs Paul Lennon and Ian Hunter, will transfer to their main practice premises at 60A Main Street, Donaghacloney.

The branch surgery premises have been assessed as being in potential breach of modern requirements relating to health and safety, fire safety and its ability to offer access to disabled people. As a consequence, and in consultation with the doctors and practice staff, the Board is temporarily closing the branch surgery – and will now work in partnership with them to develop more appropriate arrangements for the future. Patients are being directly advised of this change by letter, and the Board and practice will now work with all relevant parties to determine more optimal arrangements for the longer term.

Patients who have been given appointments at Waringstown on dates after 24th August will have these automatically transferred to the main practice at Donaghacloney. However, any patient who remains concerned in any way about an appointment should telephone the practice staff on 028 3888 1225.

A spokesperson for the Health and Social Care Board said they regretted any inconvenience the revised arrangement would initially create – but stressed this was a necessary measure in the best interest of patients.

“Safe, modern and accessible services remain fully available to all patients from the main practice in Donaghcloney,” said the spokesperson. “The next step is to devise appropriate arrangements for the longer term, and we will be actively working with the doctors and their practice staff to develop these,” he added.

The spokesperson said that once relevant arrangements for the future had been developed, these would be shared widely with patients and their representatives.