Long-term future of Station Surgery in Leyland is secured

The long-term future of GP services at Station Surgery in Leyland has been secured, with a new clinical team set to take over the running of the surgery.

Following the sudden and sad passing of the previous lead GP, Dr George W Ahad in April 2019, who had run the surgery for many decades, Park View Surgery based in Preston, stepped in to maintain the services at Station Surgery. This was a temporary arrangement put in place to ensure that patients could continue to have access to a GP and other necessary services.

Now, following a competitive procurement process run by the local NHS Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), which has responsibility for planning local GP services, the long-term future of Station Surgery has been secured. GPs from Leyland Surgery will take over the long-term running of services at Station Surgery after being successfully awarded the contract to provide services there.

This means that Station Surgery will remain open and registered patients will continue to be able to access the same level of safe, high quality services from the surgery.

The ‘official’ handover will take place from 1 August 2020 with all steps being taken to make this as seamless as possible for patients.

Dr Gora Bangi, GP and senior partner at Leyland Surgery which will now provide the services at Station Surgery said: “We’re really excited and pleased about this new opportunity. We have a really good, experienced healthcare team who have been providing high quality GP services from our Leyland and Chorley surgeries for a long-time and know the local area well.

“We can’t wait to get started at Station Surgery and meet all of our new patients properly. We know how much the surgery means to local people which is why we are delighted to be able to expand our services and make it more accessible to patients in Leyland and the surrounding areas.”

Dr Lindsey Dickinson, a local GP and Clinical Lead at NHS Chorley and South Ribble CCG, which undertook the procurement added: “This is largely a contractual change process which has taken place and shouldn’t affect patients a great deal. Following Dr Ahad’s sudden passing we had to quickly move to secure access to GP services for registered patients at Station Surgery and we are really thankful to Park View Surgery for all of their commitment and hard work to date.

“We spoke to many patients previously who all told us how important the surgery was to them and so it was really important to us that we secured the long-term future of services at the surgery. I’m pleased we’ve been able to do that and I hope patients can now be reassured that they will continue to be able to access the care they need from the surgery.”