AFTER 32 YEARS DR MENNIE IS RETIRING AND THIS PRACTICE WILL BE CLOSED FOR GOOD ON 31ST MAY 2018.
BELOW IS A LETTER FROM DR MENNIE TO ALL HIS PATIENTS
I am writing to inform you of my retirement and important changes for Allington Park Surgery.
It has been a privilege to have cared for you and all my patients at Allington and the surrounding area. I have to thank our excellent team of staff headed up by Lesley our Practice Manager and also Doctor Helen Johnson and regular locums Dr Bentley and
Dr Izmeth. I thank them for their expertise and support.
Time has gone by quickly. I have been a GP at Allington for 32 years. Allington Park Surgery was opened 23 years ago. For the last 3 years I have been trying to make arrangement for the future of Allington Park Surgery. A merger with our neighbouring Practice fell through in part due to the difficulties of funding a small surgery. Politically there is less support for a small surgery and running a small surgery is less economic. We had discussed with our Primary Care Management Team, in conjunction with this Practice, support for new Premises which could be built on the Waitrose Shopping Centre car park site. The NHS England national policy, however, is not to fund new premises for surgeries of less than 8,000 patients.
New discussions were started last August and have been on going to try and arrange for a larger Practice in Maidstone to take over Allington Park Surgery. Again, arrangements have been difficult because procedures and policy have to be followed. The result is slow progress.
Unfortunately, over the last 2 years I have started to feel the pressure of working very long hours. Often 12 hours or more per day. This is not uncommon as a recent poll showed about a third of GPs work over 12 hrs / day. A solution might be to employ more doctors in the Practice but this is difficult because of recruitment issues and also a lack of space. At this stage in my career the long hours have been simply too much for me. As a result of this, to expedite my retirement, I have made the difficult decision to resign my contract with the NHS.
I will be co-operating with West Kent CCG Primary Care Management Team to ensure the transfer of care of all my patients to their new GPs which will occur on 1st June. Allington Park Surgery will close but all patients will be registered with a new GP and our well summarised notes will enable continuity of care.
As I have said this has been a difficult decision and I am sorry that the notice for doing this has been short. Our team at the surgery have been supportive and understand my reasons for doing this. I hope you will have some understanding also.
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