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Intention to Merge

Dear Patient,


The partners of Forest Health Group and The Gainsborough Practice would like to announce our intention to merge the practices.

Over recent years Forest Health Group and The Gainsborough Practice have been working closely together to form the Braccan Health Primary Care Network (PCN). We now share many staff, and our teams are always working in close cooperation. We have taken the view that it no longer makes sense to operate as two separate organisations with all the inefficiencies and costs inherent in working that way.

We want to take this opportunity to be clear that this merger is going to result in the group being able to provide more patient facing services and greater appointment availability. We will be retaining all our existing staff and actively and immediately recruiting more GPs, paramedics, nurses, and other staff to improve the quality of service we are able to offer. The group will continue to offer full services at all our existing sites, as we develop more effective and efficient services across the united practice. You will still be free to be seen by existing staff in existing premises just as you do now. However, we hope that as you get used to being part of our larger group of practices, you will find it convenient to use services across our four sites.

As the merger takes its course you will notice that our websites, online systems, and telephony services may change to some degree, we hope this will result in shorter call queues and more efficient handling of requests across the group.

We understand that many of you will have questions about the merger and we will of course be happy to talk these through with you. We have created a dedicated email address for all your merger related questions [email protected] which we look forward to answering.

In due course we will be offering further opportunities for patients and carers to meet with us, face to face to discuss the merger so please watch out for emails from the practices and keep an eye on our websites.

We understand that change can be unsettling, however we hope that you will enjoy the improvements to services that we will be able to provide for you in the years to come


Yours sincerely


Dr Boyce, Dr Davies, Dr Goel, Dr Kade, Dr Kittel, Dr Lewandowski, Dr Mellins