The surgeries that merged to form Hereford Medical Group did this to create innovative and sustainable primary care services for our patients. Prior to merging there were more than four vacancies for GPs across the 5 joining practices, some of which had been vacant for more than 12 months. The key purpose in merging was to be able to continue to provide a service to our patients and, because of ongoing GP shortages nationally, without merging two of the five surgeries would now be closed.
As a larger GP practice HMG have been successful in recruiting 3 new GPs since July 2018. In addition, the merger has allowed us to extend the use of other healthcare professionals which support the GP team including Nurse Practitioners and Physicians Associates who see patients with minor illnesses and Emergency Care Practitioners who are able to do home visits for patients unable to attend the surgery.
One further exciting development is the employment of 3 mental health nurses. At Hereford Medical Group we recognise that many of the patients who contact us for appointments are needing support with their mental health. In the coming months, these patients will first have the opportunity to speak to an experienced Mental Health Nurse who can assess and treat the patient or arrange further follow up as needed. This will allow us to offer some more GP routine appointments.
The merger has allowed us to not only continue providing a service for some patients but also create new, patient focused roles and services.
We are very pleased to share that construction has started on the new building for Hereford Medical Group. To mark the occasion, a turf cutting ceremony, organised by Prime, was held on the site on Thursday 16th May.
This prject represents the biggest every single investment in primary care for Herefordshire. The new building will provide a modern, fit for purpose enviroment for patients at Hereford Medical Group allowing us to deliver primary care in an efficient and sustainable way. We expect the new building will be ready to welcome patients in Autumn 2020. South Wye Medical Centre, Quay House Medical Centre, Bobblestock Surgery and Credenhill Surgery will remain open when the new surgery is completed.
We look forward to keeping our patients updated throughout the build.