Why are the practices separate?
GP practices are provided under contract to NHS England. Currently, there are separate contracts for Hendford Lodge MC and Abbey Manor MP although both are held by the same GP Partnership, Diamond Health Group.
This means contractually we must treat each practice separately so provide the full range of services at each site but only to those patients who are registered at that site.
What are you proposing to do?
We are considering asking NHS England to merge the contracts together so we have one contract that covers the provision of services at both Hendford Lodge MC and Abbey Manor MP.
The majority of our staff already work across both practices, so for example the same GP and Nursing Team provide clinics at both sites.