The Clinical Commissioning Group has now clarified that the two Lyme Regis GP Practices will merge from 1st June 2019.
This follows the announcement last November, communicated by letter to all patients at Lyme Regis Medical Centre, by press release, and through a drop-in question-and-answer session, that Virgin Care’s contract to run GP services at LRMC would cease on 31st May 2019.
At the time the CCG promised that more detail on what it called the ’alternative local arrangements’ would follow in due course.
So we now know that from 1st June this year the Medical Centre and the Lyme Bay Medical Practice will join together as a single Practice, led by Dr Forbes Watson. The intention is for GP and nurse services currently provided at LRMC to continue, in the same building. The only significant difference will be that, instead of being employees of Virgin Care, the doctors and nurses will be employed directly by this single local Practice, while the two separate patient lists will become one list registered with this Practice.
Meanwhile, the Community Services provided to patients at both the present Lyme Practices and the Charmouth Practice have been put out to tender by the Clinical Commissioning Group, and the identity of the new provider should be known reasonably soon.
We are promised more specific information from the Clinical Commissioning Group and from Dr Watson as details are worked through.