NHS England (Lancashire & South Cumbria) and NHS West Lancashire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) have been working to put arrangements in place to ensure patients have continued access to primary medical care services.
We are continuing to work to identify a provider to deliver GP services for the patients of Viran Medical Centre from July. We are seeking an interim provider to deliver services on a short-term contract of approximately 12 months while more permanent arrangements are put in place.
We do need to make sure you are aware however, that if we are unable to find suitable provider, we would have no alternative but to close the practice and transfer patients to another practice in the area. This would be a last resort and would be considered only if there were no other options available to us.
We have explored a number of different options to secure premises and propose to install a Care Quality Commission approved, medical grade temporary unit in the car park at Tarleton Health Centre, approximately one mile away from the current practice premises. We are currently working with West Lancashire Borough Council to secure the necessary planning permission.
What does this mean for patients?
We would like to assure you that all services will continue as normal at Viran Medical Centre in Hesketh Bank until June 30 and you will be able to make appointments and request prescriptions in the normal way. You do not need to register with another practice.
Dr Hindle will continue to provide primary care services to the patient group until Friday 30 June. If you need an appointment in July, the practice will help you make an appointment in the meantime, which will then be delivered by an alternative provider.
We want your views
Please see this set of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) for the latest information.
If you have any questions or queries, please contact:
Freephone: 0800 044 8169
We will undertake a listening exercise at the end of purdah (8 June) with local people to hear their views. We will also ensure you are kept fully informed of what is happening as we progress.