Practice Merger UpDate August 2018
We would like to provide an update regarding preparations to merge Milestone and Southwood Practices.
The Partners and Practice Managers continue to work through the many tasks required to enable a smooth transition to create the new ‘Voyager Family Health’ Practice.
This includes designing the new clinical arrangements, IT, managerial and business arrangements, liaison with the CCG, as well as legal agreements.
What has become clear is that the expected new building will not become available until later than anticipated. With this in mind the Partners have decided to reschedule the practice merger date until 1st April 2019. This change gives a number of advantages and given there is now no need to rush we can more thoroughly prepare for what is the most significant and exciting development for both Practices in recent years.
Whilst the change to the formal merger date may be disappointing, there will be increasing joint working between the two practices before then. This includes joint appointments of any new staff. We are already advertising for a further Practice Nurse to work across both Practices and further strengthen our excellent nursing team. There will also be joint working of our Clinical Pharmacist, extension of the Paramedic Practitioner service to Southwood and the development of an Urgent Care team for ‘Duty days’.
And most importantly the two practices will have a combined Christmas Celebration Party and our newly formed Social Committee is working hard to ensure we all have an excellent evening!
We will keep you all updated over the coming months
With best wishes and enjoy the remainder of the summer
Dr G Micklethwaite, Dr A Whitfield, Dr N Hughes, Dr Moodley, Dr A Pal.
The partners at Milestone Surgery and Southwood Practice would like to provide an update regarding our practice merger.
We continue to work towards our merge date of 1st April 2019 and although we will become Voyager Family Health on this date, we will continue to operate from both the Milestone and Southwood buildings initially. We don’t anticipate that our new premises will be ready to move into for at least a year; however we are planning to make the most of our new partnership by sharing our skill mix and once our clinical systems are integrated properly, we hope to be able to offer our patients improved access across both surgeries.
We will continue to provide you with regular updates over the coming months and the most up to date information will be posted on this page.
You can find additional information regarding the merger on our NEW joint website: www.voyagerfamilyhealth.co.uk