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Two long serving Caversham GPs are to retire next month after 28 years’ service with the NHS.
Dr Harold Chadwick and Dr Janet Chadwick, a husband and wife team based at the Peppard Road Surgery, will be leaving on 30 June.
Today, Cathy Winfield, Chief Officer at Berkshire West Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) paid tribute to the doctors’ dedicated services to the Caversham community over the last three decades.
“It is a significant achievement to have served a local community for 28 years. During that time the practice has consistently received positive feedback from patients who clearly hold the service in high regard,” she said.
The Peppard Road Surgery has just over 2,600 patients and the CCG has been working closely with neighbouring surgeries over the last few months to ensure these patients are allocated new surgeries in the area.
Letters went out this week to all Peppard Road patients outlining their options. It’s envisaged the majority of patients will transfer to Emmer Green and Sonning Common surgeries and arrangements are already in place to ensure a smooth transfer of patients.
Further information for patients is available on the CCG website, including a detailed question and answer factsheet. And the Patient Advice and Liaison Service (PALs) will be taking telephone calls from patients who need more advice. Their number is 0118 982 2720.
Dr Winfield said: “we realise it’s not always easy for some people to have to start making arrangements to join a new practice and we are doing all we can to help.
“The size of the patient list at Peppard Road is considered too small these days to offer the full range of primary care health services and be viable in the long term. This is why we are now asking patients to register with another local GP practice,” she added.
“We have worked very closely over a number of months with neighbouring surgeries and are confident measures are in place for them to be able to accommodate the new patients from Peppard Road without it having a detrimental impact on services for their existing patients.”