Announcement:

Brockwell Medical Group relocation - 3 June 2024

BROCKWELL SURGERY RELOCATION APPROVED

The practice is pleased to announce that it has been given the green light to relocate its Brockwell Surgery to a new building which will be fit for future and integrated healthcare provision. The practice was given the final approval at NHS North East and North Cumbria ICB’s Primary Care Commissioning Committee.

The practice would like to thank all its patients and local stakeholders for their feedback during the engagement process.

The relocated surgery will be located 2.2 miles from the current practice and will be on the ground floor of Northumbria Healthcare’s new health and education centre of excellence on the grounds of Northumbria Specialist Emergency Care Hospital. The centre of excellence, which will be called the Northumbria Health and Care Academy, will be a totally separate building from the hospital.

Dr Aamir Munir, Executive GP partner, said: “We are delighted with and very much welcome this approval. The new practice building is a fit-for-purpose, high-specification, modern healthcare facility which would enable our practice to provide a full range of integrated primary care services and support. We will still be embedded within the community that we serve. Relocating here will mean that we can continue to improve the quality of care we provide our patients, continue to tackle health inequalities and do all we can to ensure the care is tailored to their needs and is as joined up as possible with other services they may require.”

The move has been something the practice has wanted to do for a while and the final decision was made after an independently run six-week engagement process. This enabled patients and all other stakeholders to give their feedback on the relocation in a variety of ways including via email, online, face-to-face on an individual basis and as part of focus groups or at drop-in sessions. More than 1,500 people took part in this engagement process.

Dr Munir continued: “I appreciate that there were mixed views when we did our patient engagement but would like to reassure people that we will do all we can to address any concerns, including providing patient transport for those who need it and ensuring there is enough free parking on site. There won’t be any change to, or reduction of, the current services. There will, in fact, be a better provision as a result of more space. We will be able to co-locate with other services, develop our digital offer to patients and increase access to face-to-face appointments.

“Patients registered at Brockwell Surgery don’t have to re-register and when we move, contact details and opening hours will remain the same. We will also be able to provide appointments outside of core hours. Patients who are registered at our Seaton Sluice or Seaton Delaval surgeries will see no change to their services and will continue to access services offered at Brockwell at the new site.”

The practice is committed to providing patient transport to those who need it and is working with Age UK to identify alternative transport options. This service will be bookable for the time of a patient’s appointment and will be a door-to-door service.

Options, including having a barrier in place, are being considered to ensure GP surgery patients have access to parking when they attend the practice.

The Brockwell Surgery site is owned by Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust. Options for the future use of the building are currently being reviewed. This includes the possibility of it being used as a community health resource.

You can read the full engagement report by clicking on the link in the downloads section on the right-hand side of the page.

We will of course keep patients, and all other stakeholders updated on the progress.

For any additional comments not covered by the reports please contact us by email – nencicb-nor.valensmedical@nhs.net

You can find all the patient relocation documents below:

Patient FAQs

Engagement report – Healthwatch

Equality impact assessment

Brockwell households

Proposed relocation of Brockwell

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