UPDATE! Community spirit helps NHS find solution for Mevagissey Surgery Partners

Partners of an established local GP practice will become signatories on the contract and take over the running of Mevagissey Surgery after seeing local television coverage of the community campaign #willyoubemyGP.

Partners at Veor Surgery, Camborne, have stepped in to take on the Mevagissey Surgery contract. This positive outcome follows lengthy discussions and after much consideration, Dr Kathy James will stay on at the practice, working alongside the new partners to ensure GP services at Mevagissey Surgery continue.

Patients do not need to take any action and can continue using their surgery as normal. Letters have been sent to all patients to explain the position; these should arrive mid-week.

Speaking about the decision to help the community Nick Kaye, Pharmacist Partner, Veor Surgery, said: “When we saw the local TV coverage of the community campaign to find a GP for the surgery, we all agreed we wanted to help.

“The communities’ response was inspiring, and we are so pleased we were able to work with Dr James to keep GP services in the heart of Mevagissey.

“With Dr James’ experience and our support, we are confident we can provide great care for patients. As a Pharmacist Partner, I will be working from Mevagissey for half of the week and we are already recruiting Urgent Care Practitioners’ and GPs to strengthen the existing team.”

Ian Biggs, Director of Primary Care and Public Health for NHS England and NHS Improvement in the South West said: “We’re really pleased that after significant work by our teams behind the scenes, the GP community and the energy of local people, this positive outcome will ensure continuity at the practice and means that there will be more stability for the future. We hope that patients feel that this is welcome news after a period of uncertainty.
“I would like to thank everyone who came to our patient information sessions and provided valuable feedback in our survey. It’s so important for us to truly understand the impact on patients when looking at options for ongoing access to GP services.”

Elizabeth Meldon Smith, Chair of the Patient Participation Group for Mevagissey Surgery said: “This is fantastic news for the community, and for all patients of Mevagissey Surgery. We are looking forward to
welcoming our new partners to the practice. Thank you to everyone for their unwavering dedication to raising the profile of our wonderful village surgery.”

Dr Kathy James said: “I am really pleased that this solution has been found so that I can continue caring for the patients of Mevagissey surgery. I have been overwhelmed by the support that everyone has offered and the hard work to achieve this positive outcome for the community.”

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