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Released by NHS West Hampshire Clinical Commisioning Group on 31st January 2017

Popular health service at ‘The Practice’ to continue in Lymington

‘The Practice’, a surgery shared by seven local GP practices and based at Lymington New Forest Hospital, has announced it will still provide evening and weekend appointments.

‘The Practice’ will open for four hours every weekday evening, eight hours on Saturdays and four hours on Sundays.  West Hampshire CCG can confirm The Practice will be available from 4.00pm – 8.00pm on weekdays, and also open from 10.00am to 6.00pm on Saturdays and from 10.00am to 2.00pm on Sundays.

The changes come into force on Wednesday 1 February.

West Hampshire CCG has also announced the service will transfer to Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust after the local GP Federation (New Forest Healthcare Ltd) withdrew from the contract.

Because of quick action taken by West Hampshire CCG, a new provider was found to ensure patients will still be seen at ‘The Practice’.  The CCG is looking forward to working with Southern Health NHS Foundation over the coming months.

Extra GP and practice nurse appointments will be provided for people registered with seven local surgeries: 

The Practice first opened in 2015 as a part of a pilot scheme, funded through the Prime Minister’s Challenge Fund.  Seven local GP practices came together to open The Practice – an extra ‘branch’ at Lymington New Forest Hospital. With this pilot now coming to an end, West Hampshire CCG is delighted to confirm that ‘The Practice’ will now be permanently funded and will now focus on improving access to appointments outside of normal working hours. 

This means The Practice will be available from 4.00pm – 8.00pm on weekdays, and also open from 10.00am to 6.00pm on Saturdays and from 10.00am to 2.00pm on Sundays.

Dr Sarah Schofield, Chairman of NHS West Hampshire CCG, said: “We are really pleased evening and weekend appointments are still available – they have proved particularly popular among local people, especially those who work during the day. We took immediate action to find another local organisation to run The Practice and secure the services for the 70,000 people registered with the local practices". She added:  “I would like to thank New Forest Healthcare Ltd for their work launching and managing The Practice since it opened in September 2015. We are looking forward to working with Southern Health in the future.”

Gethin Hughes, Director of Integrated Services, Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust, said: “In partnership with our colleagues in primary care, Southern Health is delighted to be the new provider of The Practice. We recognise the importance of making health services available at evenings and weekends and that’s why we’ve already moved to seven-day services at Lymington Hospital. We are also keen to explore how we can bring together services in Lymington Hospital with those of The Practice to ensure local people can access the most appropriate service for their needs. Taking on The Practice means we will continue working closely with local GPs and health professionals to deliver this much valued service to people in the New Forest.”  

Dorset's Clinical Commissioning Group Consultion affects us in New Milton

Proposed changes to services at the Royal Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Hospitals WILL affect people living in New Milton.  People living in Hampshire will not be affected by proposed changes to Dorset's community services but we may well be affected by proposed changes to the way in which acute services are available to us all, as the Dorset Clinical Commissioning Group proposes changes to the services which they offer at their various Hospitals.

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   Thursday - 7:30 a.m.until 6:00 p.m.

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Local Hospitals

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Southampton General    Tremona Road, Southampton.   (02380) 777222.

Royal South Hants    Bintons Terrace, Southampton.   (02380) 634288

Princess Anne Hospital    Coxford Road, Southampton.   (02380) 777222

Royal Bournemouth  Castle Lane East, Bournemouth.    (01202) 303626

Poole General     Longfleet Road, Poole.    (01202) 665511.