James Heappey welcomes Highbridge Medical Centre changes
and Highbridge's MP has this week "very much welcomed"
the news that Highbridge Medical Centre is set to unveil a raft
of improvements this winter in a bid to address the findings of
a poor report by government inspectors.
here by Burnham-On-Sea.com, the centre's GP service contract
is set to pass to a separate NHS organisation, Symphony Health Care
Services, at the end of November which will herald the start of
a number of improvements.
follows a poor CQC inspection earlier this year which highlighted
the centre's "inadequate" service, when it was placed
into special measures, although no concerns over patient safety
were raised. Another report from CQC is due shortly.
James Heappey told Burnham-On-Sea.com this week: "I very much
welcome Symphony Healthcare's takeover of the Highbridge Medical
Centre. Correspondence from constituents and the Care Quality Commission
had suggested that the practice was struggling but given the acute
shortage of GPs in Somerset, it was vital that the practice was
not shut down."
am especially pleased that Dr Harvey Sampson will lead Symphony's
effort to restore the practice to the appropriate standards. Dr
Sampson has been working with me on the Shepton Mallet Health Campus
and I know he is very well respected in Burnham and Highbridge after
years of service to the community as a GP."
will not be able to deliver improvements overnight but I will be
supporting him, Symphony and and all the team at the practice in
every way I can so that patients get the world class primary healthcare
that they deserve."
the changes will be extra specialist staff being brought in alongside
the current Highbridge doctors, to enable the centre to offer improved
access to medical services.