Temporary Closure of Knowsley GP practice site

Following an inspection from the Care Quality Commission (CQC), The Aston Healthcare Ltd GP practice site at Gresford Medical Centre will be closing with immediate effect.

The practice building was deemed to require immediate improvements during the inspection, and the temporary closure of the site will enable the practice to carry out necessary improvements.
During this period of closure, patients will remain registered with Aston Healthcare Ltd and will be able to access GP practice services at alternative Aston GP practice sites within Knowsley.
A spokesperson for Aston Healthcare Ltd said:
“We take our responsibility to ensure that patients receive General Practice services in a safe environment extremely seriously.
“The recent CQC inspection visit has highlighted a number of concerns with regard to the refurbishment of our Gresford Medical Centre site which require immediate attention and therefore we will be closing the site on a temporary basis to ensure all remedial works are undertaken.”
“We understand that this will impact on our patients who ordinarily use Gresford Medical Centre to access GP practice services and will be contacting any patient who may be directly affected to ensure that alternative arrangements are put in place for those with pre-arranged appointments or who attend the site on a regular basis.”
“Patients, or their carers who may have queries or concerns with regard to this site closure can speak to one of our practice team or call us on 0151 480 1244 (08:00am – 6:30pm).”
 
A spokesperson for NHS Knowsley Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) said:
“We understand that patients at Gresford Medical Centre will be concerned to hear that their practice will need to close on a temporary basis. The CQC has determined that the practice building is currently unfit for purpose and therefore patient safety is at the centre of the decision to close.
“We will be working very closely with Aston Healthcare Ltd to ensure changes are made quickly to minimise any inconvenience caused to patients.”
Aston Healthcare will be contacting all patients directly affected by this temporary closure to ensure that alternative arrangements are put in place. It is anticipated that all work will be completed and the practice re-opened by Monday 5 November 2018.