resident voices fears at medical centre changes
Burnham-On-Sea resident has voiced her concerns at plans to withdraw
vital Warfarin blood testing by Burnham and Berrow Medical Centre.
by Burnham-On-Sea.com, a shortage of doctors and nurses means the
centre in Burnham's Love Lane is to withdraw Warfarin blood testing
and management service from July 1st.
resident Phoebe Pearce, pictured, spoke out about the proposals
during the latest Town Council meeting on Monday night (June 5th).
said: "On Saturday morning (3rd June) many Burnham and Berrow
Medical Centre patients, who take the anticoagulant drug Warfarin,
received a letter telling them that the CCG has decided to close
the Warfarin Clinic provided at the surgery from 30th June. The
letter told them that they would either have to change to a different
drug, or change their GP surgery."
news has been shocking, not only to the patients concerned, but
also to their families, friends and carers. Many of the patients
who received this letter will have complex health needs, and some
may be quite vulnerable. The letter will have caused stress and
anxiety to many. Many of the patients will have experienced considerable
worry while waiting for the surgery to open on Monday morning. The
letters were sent out on Friday 2nd June."
is a drug used to prevent blood clots forming in normally circulating
blood, thereby preventing (amongst other conditions) stroke, heart
attack, and deep vein thrombosis. Most patients who take Warfarin
will have already suffered from one of these life threatening conditions.
Patients taking Warfarin need to have frequent checks to make sure
that their blood is clotting correctly."
there are alternative anticoagulant drugs available, these are not
suitable for all patients. The choice of medication should be at
the doctors clinical judgement in consultation with the patient,
and not determined by NHS management convenience. The NHS website
says that most people who need an anticoagulant will be taking Warfarin"
choice of GP surgery is an important one, and many people stay with
a surgery for many years. This allows a good healthcare relationship
to be established between the patient and healthcare providers.
While it is usually quite straightforward to change surgery, it
often takes up to eight weeks to transfer the patients notes."
Clinical Commissioning Group has given this group of patients only
27 days notice of the closure and therefore the need to change surgery."
the Burnham-On-Sea area the choice of surgery is limited, most patients
will only have a choice of Highbridge Medical Centre or Burnham
and Berrow Medical Centre. Some patients will have very good reasons
for not wanting to change."
CCG will, of course, say that they are acting within their authority
and are trying to make the best use of their limited resources."
is a significant change to the healthcare available to residents
in Burnham-On-Sea and surrounding areas but there seems to have
been little or no public consultation on the change."
CCG estimate that 1,000 people in Somerset per year suffer from
a stroke. In 2014 the CCG identified that better stroke care was
needed for the people of Somerset, this plan included a specialist
stroke centre in Taunton and investment in community services to
aid the rehabilitation of patients. The Warfarin clinic is part
of those rehabilitation services."
Town Council is set to write to Somerset CCG to voice its concern
about the changes.