Could your GP surgery be affected? Mergers have been given the green light by the Isle of Wight Clinical Commissioning Group.

The CCG claims that the two separate mergers affecting four practices on the Island will ‘ensure the long-term sustainability of services for their patients’.

From October Carisbrooke Medical Centre and the Dower House Surgery, Newport, will join forces.

It means patients at those practices will be able offered appointments at either of those sites, which the CCG says will give a ‘better range’.

Dr Tim Whelan, from Dower House, said:

“We are already facing problems recruiting GPs who have left or retired – and Carisbrooke also has GPs who are nearing retirement. Together, our two practices will be much stronger to face future challenges and be better placed to further improve our services to patients.”

Dr Judith Moore, from Carisbrooke, added:

“Patients will have greater choice by choosing which medical centre they attend – although some specialist services or clinics may only be available at one of them. Our practices have already proved that they work well together to improve patient services.”

While Ventnor Medical Centre and Grove House Surgery in Ventnor – which are around 200 metres apart – are to merge as of 1 April 2020.

Dr David Stevenson, from Ventnor Medical Centre, said:

“Our practices have already proved that they work well together to improve patient services. We see this merger as great news for our patients, especially at a time when so many practices face real issues when GPs leave or retire.”

Dr Stephen Doggett, from Grove House Surgery, said:

“This merger offers us very exciting opportunities to develop our existing relationship to improve our services to patients. It will also safeguard our services and greatly improve our resilience and mean that we continue to serve patients at the heart of our community not just now – but in future years.”