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GP surgery in Flushing could close for good due to lack of staff

GP surgery in Flushing could close for good due to lack of staff

A GP practice will close permanently because there are not enough doctors to staff it. NHS bosses in Cornwall said Falmouth’s Trescobeas Surgery facility in Flushing was temporarily closed during the Covid pandemic due to associated health and safety concerns for patients and staff.

Now the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Integrated Care Board want to make the move permanent, claiming there are not enough staff to justify the reopening. The board also states that patients still use the online or telephone triage system, which further shows that reopening the branch in Vlissingen is not necessary.

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The practice cited Care Quality Commission regulations, along with a serious lack of staff availability, affecting many parts of the healthcare system, as the top reasons for making the shutdown permanent. While surgery chiefs in Falmouth said patients have been able to access doctor and nurse appointments through the Falmouth-based telephone triage system since the temporary closure of the Flushing facility.

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They said patients have received support for their healthcare needs, either in Trescobeas’ main operation in Falmouth or in the branch operation in Mylor, while anyone who is homebound has received care at home. They insisted that the level of support and care should remain the same even with the final closure of the Flushing operation.

dr. Catherine Hounsome, General Practitioner Partner at Trescobeas Surgery, added: “The decision to formally close our Vlissingen facility is not a decision we have taken lightly as partners. We want to reassure our patients, their carers and their families that we have considered the options available to operate to the high standard of care we aim to provide. We encourage anyone who believes that the proposed change will affect them to share their concerns with us.”

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Trescobeas Surgery is calling on patients in Vlissingen to express their views on the proposed permanent closure of their practice and has organized a public meeting and patient survey. dr. Hounsome added: “The safety of all our patients in Flushing, Mylor, Falmouth and the surrounding areas is paramount. The Vlissingen industry presents us with a major challenge in this regard.

“We are able to provide a safer environment for patients and staff at our other facility in Mylor and at our main practice in Falmouth. These further benefit from a range of healthcare professionals and services to cater to a variety of needs, as well as convenient parking. ”

The public meeting will take place on Tuesday 13th September from 7pm at Ord Statter Pavilion, 7 Waterings Road, Mylor Bridge, Falmouth, TR11 5NH. GP partners from the practice and members of the practice’s patient participation group are on hand to answer questions from people.

The patient survey will start on September 14th and close at midnight on October 2nd. During this time, hard copies of the survey will be available at Trescobeas Surgery and Mylor Branch Surgery, as well as at the public meeting. The online version can be accessed via a link from the practice website: trescobeas-surgery.co.uk.

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