New providers for Burton Road GP in Lincoln from today

The management of Burton Road GP surgery in Lincoln will be provided by new partnership, Universal Health Limited, from July 1, after the threat of closure sparked opposing campaigns.

As reported previously, the surgery was saved for at least another five years after NHS England backtracked on closure plans.

Patients received an initial letter dated May 27, 2014, detailing the surgery’s closure in September 2014.

Shortly after, some of the 2,700 residents registered at the surgery received a second letter, which said a final decision had not been made.

The surgery’s contract, which was valued by NHS England at £284,000, was due to expire in March 2015, and NHS England said it “couldn’t justify putting more money into the premises”.

Patients concerned by the closure set up their own campaign, Save Our Surgery, and politicians also spoke out against the planned closure.

This led to a consultation and the eventual decision to continue the service under new management.

The Burton Road practice will now be run by the new joint venture between Lincolnshire and District Medical Services (LADMS) and Lincolnshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (LPFT).

Universal Health brings together the clinical expertise of LADMS in running patient-focused GP surgeries, with the back office expertise of the NHS Trust.

Dr Neal Parkes, Joint Chief Executive of Universal Health Ltd, said: “We are proud and privileged to have been given this opportunity to provide services in this practice.

“We are looking forward to being able to further develop what is on offer and ensuring that patient experience remains at the forefront of service delivery.

“This is an exciting new venture for both LADMS and LPFT, and an opportunity for us to work in partnership to provide a comprehensive and integrated primary care NHS service for patients in these areas.”

Registered patients at the surgery can continue to use their practices as normal. The locations, telephone numbers for the practices and all existing services and contact details will remain the same.

Surgeries will continue to offer the same services using a number of existing staff, but under different supervision.

Patients can also use a new website for the surgery here.