Services could be cut from Daventry surgery

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Blood tests, wound dressing, and other services could be removed from a GP surgery in the Daventry area due to a lack of funding.

The move could leave patients having to travel to hospitals like Northampton General or St Cross in Rugby to get such treatments and services.

The news came from Danetre Medical Practice in Daventry which has served notice on the NHS regarding its contract.

A meeting has been called for Monday by the Danetre Medical Practice Patient Relationship Group (PRG) to discuss the situation.

Jane Franklyn chairman of the PRG, said: “Blood tests and additional services such as post-operative wound dressing, some initiation treatment for diabetes, and a number of other services have been provided at many GP surgeries in Daventry and district.

“The cost of these services has been met by a payment from NHS England. These payments have reduced to the extent that Danetre Medical Practice and some others are no longer able to sustain the cost of providing these services so they may need to stop them altogether.

“The effect of action of this nature on us, the patient, is that if we require any of these services mentioned we may be required to attend the hospital providing the services for instance Northampton General Hospital, Rugby St Cross, University Hospitals of Coventry and Warwick, or Horton General Hospital in Banbury.

“This will be both time consuming and costly for patients. For some it may also be quite prohibitive. Also the time it will take to visit the GP and then find the necessary time to travel for these investigations will undoubtedly delay the time interval between seeing a GP and diagnosis.

“This may have potentially life threatening consequences for a small number of patients.”

The service could be run by another part of the NHS, or contracted out to a private company.

If dropped by GP surgeries there is a chance the services could be run out of Danetre Hospital, although whoever runs the clinics would have to pay to rent the rooms.

A private company could in theory run the service from a unit in the High Street, or even one of the business parks in Daventry.

The meeting has been called for Monday at 7.30pm at Danetre Medical Practice, London Road, Daventry NN11 4DY.

The meeting is open to Patient Representative Groups at all surgeries and any interested parties. The meeting is planned to enable people to hear more detail of this issue and put forward questions to invited guests. It will also be an opportunity to discuss what action can be taken, in an attempt, to prevent the withdrawal of these valuable additional services.