THE GP partners of Lyme Bay Medical Practice and Charmouth Medical Practice have announced plans to merge the two under one contract.
Charmouth Medical Practice partners, Dr Martin Beckers and Dr Sue Beckers, have indicated a wish to retire in 2021 and are keen for services in the village to continue under a merger agreement with Lyme Bay Medical Practice.
Lyme Bay Medical Practice is made up of the medical centre in Uplyme Road and Kent House medical and dental practice in Silver Street, which merged together last year under the leadership of GP Forbes Watson.
Dr Martin Beckers said: “We see this as a very positive and constructive move forwards, which aims to preserve general practice services for our registered patients. The medical facility at Littlehurst in Charmouth will be redesignated as a branch surgery to ensure its survival.
“Joining forces offers many additional benefits to patients and practice alike. As a bigger organisation we will be more sustainable, more attractive to recruiting new clinicians, offering increased opportunities for clinical and non-clinical staff and greater access for patients to the skills within the combined GP and nursing teams.”
Dr Watson added: “I believe this is a very positive step for local medical services. Working together we will have more opportunity to develop what we provide for the residents of Lyme Regis and Charmouth during the COVID pandemic and beyond.”
Patients registered with both Lyme Bay Medical Practice and Charmouth Medical Practice do not need to do anything to continue receiving care as normal and no changes are anticipated to the way appointments are made.
Any current treatments, medications or investigations will not be affected by the plans to merge.
Regular updates will be published on practice websites; emails will also be sent to patients whose email address we already have. If you would like to be included, please ensure you contact your practice and supply them with your current email address.
Patients have been sent a letter informing them of the merger, including a list of frequently asked questions to help patients understand what the merger means for them. The letter also offers patients the opportunity to email or write in if they have further queries.