The Health and Social Care Board (HSCB) has been given notice by Aughnacloy GP Surgery, Co Tyrone, that it is to hand back its General Medical Services contract following the resignation of its two GPs. We are currently advertising for a replacement contractor for the practice. An advert will be placed in regional press and medical journals in order to reach as wide an audience as possible. The contract will be advertised in March 2019 but it will be the beginning of May 2019 before the outcome is known.
The GPs in Aughnacloy Surgery will continue to provide GP services to patients, both at its main surgery and the branch surgery in the Health Centre, Ballygawley until 31 August 2019.
Board officers have met with staff at the Practice and a letter to registered patients is currently in the process of being issued. Patients do not need to register with another GP and they are asked to continue to contact the practice as normal. We will keep staff and patients fully informed about the progress of recruiting a new contractor at the earliest opportunity.
The HSCB was given notice by Dr Wylie from Ballyowen Health Centre in Belfast, that she was handing back her General Medical Services contract with effect from 30 June 2019.
The HSCB undertook a recruitment process in recent weeks seeking a new contractor for the 2600 patients registered at Dr Wylie’s Practice. The HSCB can now confirm that the neighbouring Chakravarty Practice in Ballyowen Health Centre has been awarded the contract which will take effect from 1 July 2019. The HSCB is in the process of issuing a letter to all patients to notify them of this change.
Dr Wylie will continue to provide GP services to registered patients until 30 June 2019. Patients do not need to register with another GP and they are asked to continue to contact the practice as normal and support the staff at this time of transition.
HSCB officers have met with the new contractors and can also confirm that all current practice staff at Dr Wylie’s Practice will remain in post. The new contractors have assured the HSCB that adequate GPs and Practice Staff will be made available to meet the demand of the additional patient list. A letter to patients from the new contractors will be issued soon.
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