Andrew Abbott, director of primary care said: “Our top priority was to ensure people could access high quality healthcare as close as possible to where they live. I am pleased we have been able to deliver on our commitment to the people of Mevagissey and the surrounding area. It’s great news that we have been able to complete the appropriate procurement processes so quickly, and identify such a capable provider, and I hope today’s news will help allay patients’ concerns that have been shared with us.”
St Austell Healthcare will take over the contract on 14 September so there will be no gap in provision, with the surgery in Mevagissey providing services, Monday to Friday between 8.30am and 5.30pm.
Additional dedicated GP and nursing staff will be provided to work at the surgery providing patients with access to:
- routine and urgent appointments on the day
- the full range of clinical sessions provided by the Group between 8am and 8pm including a Saturday clinic at a St Austell Healthcare Group site
- a full contraception service, substance misuse, physiotherapy assessment, medicines optimisation and review by the Group’s three pharmacists . The practice also hosts ophthalmology, haematology and imaging services
- a full nursing service which works closely and collaboratively with community nursing teams
- a multi-disciplinary team which will include pharmacists, mental health specialists, physiotherapists, nurse practitioners, social prescribing facilitators, physicians associate and emergency care practitioners
Letters will be sent to everyone who is registered with the practice to confirm the new arrangements. Anyone with an existing appointment with the practice should continue to attend this as planned and to collect any medication which has been prescribed in the usual way.
Dr Alistair Lockwood, GP partner at St Austell Healthcare said: “St Austell Healthcare are delighted to have the opportunity to work with the community of Mevagissey to deliver and evolve a safe, sustainable and high quality service. This will complement the services already being delivered to patients registered in St Austell and will provide exciting opportunities to further improve healthcare for all patients in this area. We are passionate about making this a long-term success.”
Last week on 18 August 2020, NHS Kernow and the Veor Partners mutually announced the partners’ decision to withdraw from the contract to provide services in Mevagissey and Gorran Haven.
Steve Double, MP for St Austell and Newquay said: “I am happy to have worked closely with NHS Kernow since the changes to the Mevagissey Surgery contract were announced earlier this month, in order to come to a solution that keeps the surgery open in Mevagissey and retains GP cover for the area.
“I am pleased to see a new local contract holder in place so quickly, and will now work with NHS Kernow and St Austell Healthcare in order to ensure a smooth transition for the services and patients involved.”
James Mustoe, Cornwall councillor for Mevagissey added: “I was very concerned to hear of the early ending of the current contract-holder’s time at Mevagissey Surgery.
“The GP Surgery in Mevagissey is the beating heart of our village and it is crucial that this service is maintained. along with GP cover for the surrounding area.
“I am pleased to have seen NHS Kernow recognise the urgency and priority of this situation, and that they have worked around the clock, dedicating significant time and resources into finding a solution with neighbouring practice St Austell Healthcare, in a way that means there will be no gap in service at Mevagissey.
“I wish St Austell Healthcare well with their new contract and look forward to working with them. other local NHS groups, as well as the Parish Councils and the wider community to ensure this is a lasting success.”