Patients of Marshall Street Surgery in Smethwick are invited to have their say on plans for the future of GP services following the retirement of Dr Abul Rahman. Dr Rahman will be retiring on 31 March 2019. Patients can have their say by attending the public meetings being held or by completing a survey online.
NHS Sandwell and West Birmingham Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), which plans and buys healthcare services for the local population, are currently exploring all the options to secure the best solution for patients.
The CCG may seek to find another GP or organisation to continue to provide the service. Or the CCG may disperse the practice list, which means that the they would work with patients to find another local GP surgery for them to register at.
Four meetings are being held for patients to discuss the proposed plans, give their views and raise any concerns that they may have. The meetings are as follows:
Dr Nick Harding, Chair of NHS Sandwell and West Birmingham CCG, said:
“We would like to thank Dr Rahman for his services to patients Smethwick for the last 32 years and we all wish him well in his retirement.
“Patients are at the heart of everything we do and we look forward to discussing our future plans with them at the meetings and hearing everyone’s views from the survey. We do recognise that many patients will have been under the care of the practice for many years and realise this may be unsettling. So, we are doing everything we can to ensure that our patients continue to benefit from the highest standards of care.”