Boundary Change Application

Hylton Medical Group provides healthcare for around 5,200 patients, within the SR1 – SR7 postcodes, though nine out of ten registered patients live in SR1, 2, 3 and 4.

The practice also receives applications from other parts of Sunderland, and has a small number of registered patients from DH and NE postcodes.

The practice has been trying to recruit new GPs since 2015, and currently relies on two long-term locums. New housing developments are expected to increase the number of patients wanting to register over the coming year.

With these pressures in mind, doctors at the practice feel the best way to ensure high quality, safe and effective services in the future is to reduce the practice boundary. This will enable them to work more efficiently, concentrating on the SR1 to SR4 postcodes where most of their patients live.

What this will mean for patients

Over the coming months, the practice wishes to reduce its boundary to cover SR1, SR2, SR3 and SR4 only.

Patients living in SR7, or DH and NE postcodes will need to register with a new practice closer to home. This only affects 16 patients.

Registered patients in SR5 and SR6 can continue to use the practice while they remain in their current home. If they move to another home outside SR1-SR4 in the future, they would need to move to another practice at that point. There are 369 patients in this group.

The CCG is writing to all patients who are directly affected by this proposed change, providing practical information and contact details for Healthwatch. Posters are also on display at the practice, and information is on the practice and CCG websites.

 For more information, please contact Suzanne Watson, Locality Commissioning Manager on 07900 833 236 or suzanne.watson8@nhs.net.

Frequently Asked Questions

February 2018

Below are answers to some of the questions you may have about this change. If you have any other concerns, please let us know by emailing kellyhardy@nhs.net or calling the practice on 0191 565 8598.

Why do you need to make changes?

The practice has been trying to recruit new GPs since 2015, and currently relies on two long-term locums. The practice is currently receiving registrations from patients from all over Sunderland.

In addition, new housing developments will increase the number of patients wanting to register with the practice.

With these pressures in mind, doctors at the practice feel the best way to ensure high quality, safe and effective services in the future is to reduce the practice boundary. This will enable them to work more efficiently, concentrating on the SR1 to SR4 postcodes where nine out of ten registered patients live.

What does this mean for patients?

In future, the practice will only accept new patients from the SR1, SR2, SR3 and SR4 postcodes.

Registered patients living in SR7, or DH and NE postcodes will need to register with a new practice closer to home. This only affects 16 patients.

Registered patients in SR5 and SR6 can continue to use the practice while they remain in their current home. If they move to another home outside SR1-SR4 in the future, they would need to move to another practice at that point. There are 369 patients in this group.

When will the boundary change take place?

We expect this change to take place after April should the application be approved.

 If I move nearer to the practice but my house is still outside of the boundary, will I still need to find a new GP?

Unfortunately, yes although the practice is happy to consider any special circumstances.

My father, who is seriously ill, has moved out of the boundary to be nearer me. Will he have to leave the practice?

This would depend on where he has moved to. If his new home is outside Sunderland, it would not be safe for him to be registered with Hylton. Even within Sunderland, the travel time to some areas would be difficult for both the patient and the practice, especially if regular visits are needed. However, we would only request you find another GP if we felt that the distance could potentially be detrimental to his health.

We have just moved out of the practice area. Will I be able to order my repeat medication?

Yes. Once we are informed of your new address, we will continue to provide all your medical needs until either you have registered with your new GP or for 30 days – whichever is the soonest.

My son has moved back home from university and we live outside the boundary. Will he be able to join the practice?

Yes. As you have not moved house and your son is moving into the house, he can register at the practice.

How do I register with a new doctor?

You can find a new practice closer to where you live by searching on www.nhs.uk. If you do not use the internet, you can call us on 0191 565 8598 and we can help you find a GP practice closer to where you live.

What are you doing to attract more GPs to Sunderland?

NHS Sunderland Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), which is responsible for planning and buying most healthcare services in the city, has a number of initiatives in place to attract more GPs to work in Sunderland.

10 newly qualified GPs have come to Sunderland through the Career Start programme, with another six being recruited soon. The scheme gives them experience over a two-year period within a GP surgery so they can build-up their skills. We hope at the end of the two-year scheme, they will decide to stay.

The CCG is also working with Sunderland University who are looking to set up a medical school. This would train GPs some of whom would decide to stay and work in the Sunderland area. In addition, CCG staff are working closely with GPs to reduce their paperwork and bureaucracy, making it easier for them to see patients, so that it is more attractive to be a GP in the Sunderland area.

For more information, please contact Suzanne Watson, Locality Commissioning Manager on 07900 833 236 or suzanne.watson8@nhs.net.

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