AM’s concern for patients after Porthcawl GP resigns

Thursday, 1 June 2017

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Regional AM Suzy Davies has challenged ABMU health board for details about the resources being made available to two GP practices in the Porthcawl area which are likely to receive up to 1,000 extra patients each after the closure of another GP’s surgery.

Patients currently with Dr Tim Eales are being dispersed from June 30 to either the Portway Surgery in Porthcawl or the North Cornelly Surgery. Patients can choose which one to register with and there are no limits on how many each can take.

But Mrs Davies, a Welsh Conservative Regional AM, said she was worried because no information has been provided by the board about the nature of extra resources being made available to cater for additional patients in each practice.

She said: “Dr Eales, who is terminating his GP contract with the board, has just under 2,000 patients. Patients are making their choice known at the moment to the board but there is no way of knowing if the numbers will be distributed evenly or if there will be greater demand for one surgery over the other.

“The board have not specified what extra resources may be available to these practices and I have written to them to ask for more information on specific issues.

“So far I have only had a generic email and I expect more information if I am to represent my constituents properly.

“I know that this situation is of nobody’s choosing, but patients need reassurance that when they transfer, their new practice will be able to allocate appointments in a timely fashion and that there will be sufficient staff, including doctors, available.

“These practices already have to cater for the doubling of Porthcawl’s population during the summer season, with all the visitors who stay in the town, and having one fewer GP practice to take some of the strain is a factor that also needs careful consideration.”

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