Today the North Central London Primary Care Commissioning Committee in Common agreed to the relocation of Ravenscroft Medical Centre to Finchley Memorial Hospital.
The GP practice can now relocate and work with Central London Community Healthcare and Millway Medical Practice to develop innovative healthcare solutions that co-ordinate care around each patient. Care will be delivered both in the community and at Finchley Memorial Hospital. The relocation and the new ways of working will deliver significant benefits to local residents and patients.
We will be writing to Ravenscroft patients to inform them of the decision and next steps. We believe most patients continue to use the excellent Ravenscroft service in the new location but will ensure any patients who wish to move to a difference practice are fully supported.
Dr Subel, GP Partner at Ravenscroft Medical Centre said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for the practice and its patients. We intend to work hard to improve the health of our patients, reducing the number of visits patients need to make to the surgery and ensuring that when they do visit they can also benefit from all the other services available at Finchley Memorial Hospital.”
Kay Matthews, Chief Operating Officer, Barnet CCG said: “Ravenscroft Medical Centre and its partners intend to develop services that are at the forefront of local NHS improvements. Health prevention and co-ordinated care are essential if we are to tackle the growing burden on the NHS. As well as offering excellent care to the practices’ patients, the move will save the NHS around £150,000 a year – money that can be used to benefit other patients in need of care.
“In the past few years we have made 48,000 more GP appointments a year available for urgent weekend and evening appointments at GP hubs and will continue to improve primary care provision in the borough.”
The committee also agreed to continue to re-commission the Cricklewood GP service for five years from the middle of 2020.
We don't expect the move to take place before January 2020 and patients will be given eight weeks' notice and clear information on options available to them.