People living in rural Wyre are to benefit from enhanced services within their communities as two GP practices join NHS Fylde and Wyre Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG).

Great Eccleston Health Centre and Garstang Medical Practice have successfully applied to join the CCG, the organisation that plans and buys NHS services in the area and already covers the rest of Wyre.

The practices had already been working closely with nearby Over Wyre Medical Centre to look at ways for improving services and health for rural communities, which face a number of unique issues due to the challenges of isolation and travel for patients and staff.

Dr Tony Naughton, clinical chief officer at the CCG, said: “When we were approached by the practices we were keen to bring them on board. This will help us improve the service offered to people living across the rural Wyre area.

“Obviously we had to make sure this was the right move for Fylde and Wyre CCG and as such a great deal of work has been done to ensure stability both in terms of finances and the ongoing quality of services for our patients.

“Ultimately we feel the benefits for us and the patients of Great Eccleston and Garstang were an opportunity not to be missed.”

Great Eccleston Health Centre will move from NHS Greater Preston CCG while Garstang Medical Centre was previously with NHS Morecambe Bay CCG and both have been fully involved throughout the process and have agreed to the change.

Dr John Miles, of Garstang Medical Centre, said: “We are really excited both for ourselves and for our patients at the prospect of joining Fylde and Wyre CCG.

“Soon we will be able to offer some of the award-winning services that have been available to patients in other parts of Wyre for some time, such as developing an innovative rural community based neighbourhood, and that is a real plus for our local population.”

Dr Tom Cutting, GP at Great Eccleston Health Centre, said: “We are excited about the prospect of working with Fylde and Wyre CCG in a new neighbourhood. We feel that this gives us an opportunity to improve the healthcare for our patients living in rural communities.”

The practices will formally transfer to the CCG on 1 April 2018. The move will mean Fylde and Wyre CCG provides services to a population of more than 176,000 people and will receive an additional £40million in its allocation from NHS England to meet their needs.


Notes:

  • NHS Fylde and Wyre Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is the organisation responsible for planning and buying health services in the area to meet patients’ needs. This is known as ‘commissioning’.
  • Led by family doctors (GPs), the CCG currently serves a population of 152,000 people across approximately 320 sq km of coast and countryside. The majority live in the urban towns of Fleetwood, Thornton, Poulton-le-Fylde, Kirkham and Lytham St Annes, but a significant proportion live in rural villages.
  • The CCG receives a set amount of money from the government and is committed to spending this wisely for the benefit of local people.
  • Giving you more choice is a priority of the modern NHS. More information is available at fyldeandwyreccg.nhs.uk/choice
  • The NHS Constitution sets out your rights as an NHS patient: nhs.uk/choiceintheNHS/Rightsandpledges/NHSConstitution/Pages/Overview.aspx
  • There are many ways to get involved in health service developments, including joining our Influence membership scheme or your practice’s patient participation group.