Fears for future of Dearne doctors’ practice

Rev. Peter Sawyer and his wife Jennifer, pictured outside the Lakeside Surgery, in Goldthorpe, which may be closing. Picture: Marie Caley NSYT Lakeside Surgery MC 1

Rev. Peter Sawyer and his wife Jennifer, pictured outside the Lakeside Surgery, in Goldthorpe, which may be closing. Picture: Marie Caley NSYT Lakeside Surgery MC 1

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Disgruntled patients have expressed their concern after it was revealed their doctors’ surgery is set to close.

Lakeside Surgery, based in the Goldthorpe Centre, will reach the end of its contract on November 8 and a statement on its website said it will not be extended due to ‘the low number of patients registered.’

Patients are worried about losing a ‘good surgery’ which offers a range of services including, minor surgery, maternity services and heart checks.

The Rev Peter Sawyer, of Lansdowne Close, Thurnscoe, said: “It was a surprise and there will be a lot of people worried about this.”

Another resident, who did not want to be named, said the surgery needed to have gained a minimum of 3, 500 patients within its first five years of opening for it to continue, but only 2,600 have registered.

Letters were sent out to patients at the end of September and are being asked their views on the proposal. There are two options; Lakeside remains open and becomes a ‘branch surgery’ under a parent practice or it closes and existing patients must register elsewhere.

In a letter, Richard Armstrong, interim director of commissioning for South Yorkshire and Bassetlaw, said: “Because of limits on space in the surgery and the low number of patients registered, the contract is not going to be extended. I want to be clear that we have not made a decision yet about what will happen and your comments are essential in making that decision.”

Nobody from the surgery or NHS England was available for comment. Have your say at lakesidesurgerygoldthorpe.co.uk.