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Merger of Waterside and Bentham Road Health Centre

Procurement of GP Primary Care services at Waterside Surgery

The current five-year contract to provide services to the local population at Waterside and Bentham Road, Blackburn, is due to end in April 2018.

As a result of this, NHS England and Blackburn with Darwen Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) invited providers to apply for the contract as part of a joint procurement for GP primary care services to be provided at one or both of the current sites.

After a full procurement process the successful provider is Cornerstone Healthcare CIC. They currently provide primary care services to both Bentham and Waterside Health Centre patients. Cornerstone’s successful bid was to provide care for registered patients from the larger premises at Bentham Road Health centre only. This means the two practices will merge and all care will be provided from Bentham Road.

This means that with effect from Tuesday 3rd April 2018 (following the Easter Bank Holiday weekend), your care will automatically transfer to Bentham Road. 

From 3rd April 2018 Waterside Health Centre will not reopen as a result of the relocation.  The property is owned by NHS Property Services, and they will determine the future use of the building.

If patients from Waterside do not want to transfer to Bentham Road, they are able to register with another GP practice. A list of all local practices with availability has been provided. Information about local GP practices can also be found on the NHS Choices website at www.nhs.uk

Our priority is to ensure patients have a continuation of care and are still able to access high quality GP services but we understand this could be a worrying time for patients and they may have questions you would like to ask.

Anyone with concerns can call the Pennine Engagement Team, which covers Blackburn with Darwen and East Lancashire, on 01282 644627