Massive blow for campaigners hoping to save Ketton Surgery

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A STEERING group that is working towards saving a village doctors’ surgery suffered a massive blow this week.

The group in Ketton has been working with representatives from the Leicestershire County and Rutland Primary Care Trust to secure a future surgery in the village, but was told this week that the representatives will recommend the surgery should be closed for good at a meeting next month.

The current surgery in Geeston Road, Ketton, is run by Uppingham Surgery which has proposed to close it.

A final decision on whether to close the surgery was deferred in February to give villagers time to find an alternative building and service provider to run a surgery. The decision to save Gretton Surgery was made at the same meeting.

Steering group chairman David Walker of Bartles Hollow, Ketton, said: “I am very upset and it was the last thing that I would have expected.

“We were asked to find an alternative place for a surgery which we have done and suggest using the library in the village. It is viable. It’s not perfect but it is a central and modern location for the surgery to continue.”

Although a final decision will not be made about the future of the surgery until next month, the recommendation of the Primary Care Trust representatives will play a big part in that decision.

Mr Walker added: “I hope they decide to give us more time.”

A spokesman for the Primary Care Trust said: “Ketton Parish Council has actively worked on this [project] and has found potential premises, but no alternative provider has been identified.

“Uppingham Surgery has indicated it has not changed its position on wanting to cease providing medical services from its Ketton branch and because of this the Primary Care Panel is recommending that the board supports Uppingham Surgery’s request.”

Rutland county councillor for Ketton Barrie Roper (Con) said: “Although the final decision has not been made I am bitterly disappointed to lose something like this in Ketton.

“The village is one of Rutland’s largest and most sustainable villages.”

If the surgery closes villagers will have to travel to Oakham, Uppingham, Stamford or Barrowden to see a doctor.