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Proposal mooted to close Steeple Bumpstead GP surgery and provide patient services at a Haverhill practice




More than 2,500 patients will be asked for their views on a proposal to permanently close a village GP surgery that has not been used for almost 18 months.

A period of community engagement has now been launched by Unity Healthcare over its proposal to shut Steeple Bumpstead Surgery in Bower Hall Drive.

Dr David Brandon, Unity Healthcare's clinical lead GP, said: “Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the Steeple Bumpstead Surgery building has not been utilised since early 2020.

Steeple Bumpstead Surgery in Bower Hall Drive has not been used for almost 18 months and could soon be closed for good. Picture by Mecha Morton
Steeple Bumpstead Surgery in Bower Hall Drive has not been used for almost 18 months and could soon be closed for good. Picture by Mecha Morton

"Patients are being supported remotely with consultations at Clements Surgery in Haverhill if they need to be seen face to face, where social distancing and infection control measures are in place to see them safely. This has been working very well for almost 18 months now.

“The Steeple Bumpstead building is small and limited in the provision it can offer, and it is felt that patients who were originally registered at the surgery now have access to better quality healthcare at the main Clements Surgery – approximately four miles away.

“With this in mind, we would like to engage with our patients and the local community about our proposal to permanently close the Steeple Bumpstead branch surgery and to continue providing a full range of quality healthcare services for all patients from the Clements site.”

Dr David Brandon, clinical lead GP at Unity Healthcare. Contributed picture
Dr David Brandon, clinical lead GP at Unity Healthcare. Contributed picture

The engagement exercise will run until October 11 to seek views on any possible impact this would have on patients transferred to Unity Healthcare from the Steeple Bumpstead Surgery and the people in Unity's catchment area.

Two online events will provide an opportunity for people to hear more information and background about the proposal and to ask questions.

These will be held on Monday, September 6 from 6.30pm to 7.30pm and Thursday, September 9 from 10.30am to 11.30am.

Further information, including an online survey, Q&As and links to join the online events, is available via Unity’s website

A limited number of printed information sheets (including Q&As) and surveys are available at the Clements surgery reception for anyone without internet access.

All feedback received during the engagement exercise will be considered by Unity Healthcare before making a final decision.

For more information please email: info@suffolkfed.co.uk or wsccg.unityhealthcare@nhs.net.

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