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Patients urged to voice views on closure of St Mary's Medical Centre in Stamford

People wanting a GP surgery in Stamford to remain open have only a few days left to voice their views.

Last month, Lakeside Healthcare announced it will close St Mary’s Medical Centre in Wharf Road on December 1.

This sparked a wave of protest among patients and residents who feel healthcare will suffer as a result.

St Mary's Medical Centre in Stamford
St Mary's Medical Centre in Stamford

Over the past five years, Lakeside has taken control of three GP surgeries in Stamford - The Little Surgery, which was in St Mary’s Street until its closure in 2017; St Mary’s Medical Centre; and the Sheepmarket Surgery, which is at the Stamford Hospital site off Ryhall Road.

If St Mary’s were to close, the Sheepmarket Surgery would then be the only NHS GP surgery in town, with 30,000 patients registered.

Andrew Nebel, chairman of the Lakeside Stamford patient participation group, has been encouraging people to share any concerns they have about this before the October 25 deadline.

Andrew Nebel, chairman of the patients' participation group
Andrew Nebel, chairman of the patients' participation group

Yesterday, he said: “We need everyone to voice an independent opinion about the reduction of primary care facilities in Stamford as next week is the last chance for people to make their voice heard if you want to keep St Mary’s surgery open.

“Complete the Lakeside survey on their website, sign the ‘Better Primary Care for Stamford’ online petition and send your opinions to lhsppg.secretary@gmail.com

“Next week the patient participation group will be organising an online PowWow conference so patients can dial in to share their views on how it should continue to represent the patient voice to Lincolnshire NHS Clinical Commissioning Group, which will make the final decision about St Mary’s future.”

Details of how to join the PowWow will be shared on the Rutland and Stamford Mercury website and Facebook page.

Lakeside has been running public ‘engagement webinars’ on Zoom. The last one tomorrow (Saturday, 1.30pm to 2.30pm can be joined by clicking here .

People can listen in to the webinar without having to participate, or they can submit questions before or during the talk.

Dr Tom Eames
Dr Tom Eames

Lakeside’s fourth webinar took place on Tuesday, and during it Lakeside GP Dr Tom Eames said their survey was highlighting concerns, including waiting times on the phone, the difficulty of getting an appointment, car park capacity, and dispensary waiting times.

“We are obviously looking at options to mitigate against these concerns and we will put these to the Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) with our proposal,” he said.

So far, nearly 2,200 people have signed a paper and online petition calling for NHS Lincolnshire CCG to stop Lakeside from closing St Mary’s surgery.

After the October 25 feedback deadline, NHS Lincolnshire CCG will evaluate people’s comments and the closure proposal submitted by Lakeside.

The CCG will decide whether or not patient care standards will be met by Sheepmarket, if it becomes the sole NHS surgery in Stamford. The future of St Mary’s hinges on this decision.

How to have your say on closure plan

Lakeside’s proposed closure of St Mary’s Medical Centre will be discussed by NHS Lincolnshire Clinical Commissioning Group in November, which will then make a decision.

People have until Sunday, October 25 to have their say on the proposal.

This can be done in several different ways:

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