Banks Medical Centre Closure every Wednesday from November 1st 2017
From November 1st 2017, The Banks Medical Centre in Winton will be closed every Wednesday.
A normal telephone service will be in place and a full GP and Nursing service will operate from The Bearwood Medical Practice. We would like to reassure patients who normally attend The Banks Medical Centre that home visits will still be carried out for patients who have a genuine clinical need. On the day appointments will only be available at The Bearwood Medical Centre.
The Banks Medical Centre will not be open to patients on a Wednesday. Patients should take this into consideration when ordering prescriptions as they will be unable to pick up prescriptions from the surgery on a Wednesday. We would advise patients to make use of the Electronic Prescription Service which allows the prescriptions to be sent straight to the pharmacy of their choice. Please let reception staff know which pharmacy you would like to use. An on-line prescription request service is available via our website, please ask for details on how to register to use this service. Pharmacies can also order medications on a patient’s behalf.
The decision to close our Winton branch on a Wednesday has not been taken lightly. In view of increasing patient demand and a shortage of GPs we have made the decision for operational reasons, to allow us to maintain the safest possible service for our patients given the resources available to us.
The training of Doctors within the Surgery
Our new registrar Dr Hetty Bostock will be with us until December 2017.
GP Registrars are qualified doctors who undertaking a 3-year training program to become GPs. They will usually work independently when seeing patients but their work is supervised and monitored by their GP trainer, which it our practice is Dr Ward.
Patients are advised to read further information about NHS England's new care.data programme. Leaflets are available at the Practice and further details can be found here.