Fight continues to keep medical care in Brownsover

Supporters of the Brownsover Patient Action Group with chairman Jake Stevenson
Supporters of the Brownsover Patient Action Group with chairman Jake Stevenson

Officials are still looking for a suitable temporary surgery building in Brownsover after a GP withdrew an offer to rent his one.

Around 6,800 patients from Brownsover Medical Practice and Albert Street Medical Centre were transferred to Rugby Town Medical Practice on April 20, run by Beech Tree and Market Quarter Medical Practices.

We need to make sure that the new medical centre is suitable for everyone and provides the right level of care

Jake Stevenson, chairman of Brownsover Patient Action Group

The two surgeries have been closed down and a new medical centre is being built in Brownsover.

Work is expected to start in autumn and the centre plans to open in late 2016.

Patients have been fighting to keep healthcare in Brownsover during the build and were hopeful their old surgery building could be rented as the temporary facility.

But the owner and former GP there, Dr Kavuri, has confirmed he will not rent the building to NHS England after he missed out on a job at the temporary surgery.

Members of Brownsover Patient Action Group want to liaise with officials to shape how the new medical centre is set up.

Chairman Jake Stevenson said: “We need to make sure that the new medical centre is suitable for everyone and provides the right level of care.”

David Williams, locality director for NHS England in the West Midlands, said: “We are pleased with how the transition of GP services to Rugby Town Medical Practice is going so far and would like to thank patients for their continued co-operation.

“NHS England and the Brownsover Patient Action Group have agreed to meet next week to review the situation and discuss any outstanding issues or concerns.”