Patients from Garden City Medical Centre in Holcombe Brook are being asked to share their thoughts and feedback to inform the longer term plans for the Practice.

Garden City is currently being managed by a neighbouring Practice as part of a temporary caretaking arrangement, following the very sad passing of the Practice’s Lead GP, Dr. Al-Dubbaisi in May 2020.

NHS Bury Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is responsible for commissioning (planning and paying for) the services of GP Practices in the borough, and now needs to consider the longer term plans for the Practice.

Patient feedback is being sought and will be considered alongside factors including equity and patient choice, existing services, value for money, premises and population growth.  The views of key stakeholders are also being sought including neighbouring practices.

Dr. Jeff Schryer, Chair of NHS Bury CCG said:
“Garden City is currently being managed through a caretaking arrangement in the safe hands of Huntley Mount Medical Centre working in conjunction with Walmersley Road Medical Practice.  This arrangement will be in place for up to 12 months to ensure continuity of quality care, giving us the opportunity to fully consider all options in relation to the future of the Practice.

“The most important thing is that we make the best decision for ongoing medical provision for the patients of Garden City.  So it is vitally important that this consideration involves Garden City patients and is informed by their feedback.”

Patients of Garden City will shortly receive a letter inviting them to share their feedback via a short survey, which can be accessed via the CCG or Garden City websites.

At this stage no decision has been made and the CCG aims to be in a position to consider an options appraisal for the longer term of the Practice at a meeting of the Primary Care Commissioning Committee scheduled to take place in August 2020.

Patients are urged to share their feedback by 5th August 2020.


DATE: 8th July 2020