City GPs' surgery to shut despite outcry from patients

Mary Timbrell

Mary Timbrell

First published in News Oxford Mail: Photograph of the Author by , Crime Reporter, also covering Barton and Wood Farm. Call me on (01865) 425427

HEALTH bosses are to push ahead and shut an Oxford doctors’ surgery despite an outcry from patients.

The West Oxford Surgery, a branch of the Jericho Health Centre based at the West Oxford Community Centre in Botley Road, will close at the end of June.

Its services will move to a new centre in a £11.5m redevelopment of the old Radcliffe Infirmary site in Jericho.

Patients have protested about the move, with concerns the one-mile trip to the Walton Street site will make visiting a doctor harder.

There are nearly 6,000 patients registered at the West Oxford Surgery.

Mary Timbrell, 74, from Duke Street, said many would miss its convenience as there was no direct bus to Jericho.

She also said parking was inadequate at the new centre, adding: “It’s not that much of a walk but if someone is disabled or has lots of children with them it will be tough.

“At the end of the day the GPs may possibly have to come out more.”

Susanna Pressel, county councillor for West Central Oxford, collected more than 400 signatures on a petition to save the surgery.

She said: “People are deeply upset to know they are losing this vital service.

“I am disappointed the doctors have failed to find a way of keeping this service in some shape or form in West Oxford Community Centre – especially when the population in the area is growing. It is so well used and loved.”

The surgery, which is open Monday to Friday, started in 2001 to provide a basic GP service until the new Walton Street centre to accommodate both West Oxford and Jericho patients was built.

Residents raised their concerns to health bosses at a public meeting at the surgery on Thursday, March 29.

But mother-of-one Vicky Hirsch, 50, from Alexandra Road, said: “I felt it was already a done deal and they didn’t listen.”

She said the move could deter people from going to the doctors when they should.

She added: “I don’t think they realise how difficult it will be.”

Joel Lazarus, 35, of Lamarsh Road, Oxford, is now calling for a direct bus route from West Oxford to Jericho.

He said: “If we can get a bus service that would be great. It’s logical.”

The new centre will bring together 13,557 patients from West Oxford and the Jericho area. It will include a large waiting room, a dedicated child health clinic, and more clinical rooms.

There will be three parking spaces and a drop-off bay.

Cariad Hazard, of NHS Oxfordshire, said: “The move will allow the practice to accommodate its whole patient list in one location and will offer patients a brand new building and a more efficient service.”

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5:38pm Tue 17 Apr 12

PK Nuts says...

They have a maximum of a mile to the surgery....I have 4 miles to travel to mine, no bus route, no parking, but excellent GP's and services, so what is their problem? And we do not have home visits unless it is a medical emergency. Be grateful you only have a mile to travel.
They have a maximum of a mile to the surgery....I have 4 miles to travel to mine, no bus route, no parking, but excellent GP's and services, so what is their problem? And we do not have home visits unless it is a medical emergency. Be grateful you only have a mile to travel. PK Nuts
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6:02pm Tue 17 Apr 12

bart_simpson999 says...

And if you old frail or disabled?? The extra mile or so will seem like 10 to them.
And if you old frail or disabled?? The extra mile or so will seem like 10 to them. bart_simpson999
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6:17pm Tue 17 Apr 12

PK Nuts says...

Bart I am disabled....so on your methodoligy I have a 40 mile trip.......
Bart I am disabled....so on your methodoligy I have a 40 mile trip....... PK Nuts
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6:50pm Tue 17 Apr 12

bart_simpson999 says...

Mmm no bus route and no parking, how do you get there... Fly!
Mmm no bus route and no parking, how do you get there... Fly! bart_simpson999
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8:20pm Tue 17 Apr 12

Sophia says...

I cannot believe that heartless tories are making people travel ONE MILE to a doctor! Many people will starve en route or be eaten by wolves or stumble into a crevasse. Thousands will die! It is everyone's human right in this day and age to have a GP surgery in their front garden! In their living room! In their lap

General strike NOW!
I cannot believe that heartless tories are making people travel ONE MILE to a doctor! Many people will starve en route or be eaten by wolves or stumble into a crevasse. Thousands will die! It is everyone's human right in this day and age to have a GP surgery in their front garden! In their living room! In their lap General strike NOW! Sophia
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8:14am Wed 18 Apr 12

Freakazoid says...

Maybe we should all just you know... start being healthly. Back in my day i used to walk 15 miles to the nearest local shop in nothing more than just one flipflop and a knitted all in one overalls. Its a bit of a secrete but Walking is actually good for you. I do it, Jesus did it, and he was healthly enough to come back from the dead, and you know what he did when that happened... More walking.

Look if the proclaimers can walk 500 miles, and potential to walk 500 more, then a new location for a GP should not be a problem.
Maybe we should all just you know... start being healthly. Back in my day i used to walk 15 miles to the nearest local shop in nothing more than just one flipflop and a knitted all in one overalls. Its a bit of a secrete but Walking is actually good for you. I do it, Jesus did it, and he was healthly enough to come back from the dead, and you know what he did when that happened... More walking. Look if the proclaimers can walk 500 miles, and potential to walk 500 more, then a new location for a GP should not be a problem. Freakazoid
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8:42am Wed 18 Apr 12

Sid Hunt says...

Despite the fact that it is only a mile, it is into the already congested city centre - why add to the problem?
Despite the fact that it is only a mile, it is into the already congested city centre - why add to the problem? Sid Hunt
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8:54am Wed 18 Apr 12

Cathena says...

No disabled parking then.
No disabled parking then. Cathena
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11:03am Wed 18 Apr 12

Freakazoid says...

You can park in non-disabled parking.

Plus get a bus then parking isnt a problem, and then you wouldnt need to walk.
You can park in non-disabled parking. Plus get a bus then parking isnt a problem, and then you wouldnt need to walk. Freakazoid
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4:52pm Wed 18 Apr 12

L0RD PETER McVEY OX2 6EG says...

Why don't the whingers just register at The Botley Medical centre half a mile down the road? Then they have a bus every couple of minutes, and a shopping centre dead opposite. Also I am being a bit selfish because I don't want to share my new H.C. with those "types".
Why don't the whingers just register at The Botley Medical centre half a mile down the road? Then they have a bus every couple of minutes, and a shopping centre dead opposite. Also I am being a bit selfish because I don't want to share my new H.C. with those "types". L0RD PETER McVEY OX2 6EG
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8:46pm Wed 18 Apr 12

jooly says...

Everytime this is reported pathetic McVey makes his silly comments about the 'types' from West Oxford - hasn't he realised he's been sharing for years, as people frequently attend the Jericho clinic if appointments aren't available in West Oxford.
On a serious note, the main concern is that a highly valued amenity is being removed which will cause some difficulty to those elderly and disabled locals who really appreciated the health clinic in West Oxford. It's not the end of the world, but it is a real shame and was done without any consultation or discussion.
Everytime this is reported pathetic McVey makes his silly comments about the 'types' from West Oxford - hasn't he realised he's been sharing for years, as people frequently attend the Jericho clinic if appointments aren't available in West Oxford. On a serious note, the main concern is that a highly valued amenity is being removed which will cause some difficulty to those elderly and disabled locals who really appreciated the health clinic in West Oxford. It's not the end of the world, but it is a real shame and was done without any consultation or discussion. jooly
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1:28pm Thu 19 Apr 12

Cabbers says...

"Patients have protested about the move, with concerns the one-mile trip to the Walton Street site will make visiting a doctor harder."
What about the people that will live one mile closer?

"She said the move could deter people from going to the doctors when they should. "
Or, maybe it will make people think twice about whether they really need to go to the doctor rather than waste time over a sniffle?!

Plus, the new site is in development - when it is finished people can access the new surgery via Banbury Road which has many many buses stopping right outside it.

Maybe they didn't consult you because it isn't really an issue? Or news?

And these patients should be pleased. New surgery, new building, more doctors means more specialists and likely more facilities.
"Patients have protested about the move, with concerns the one-mile trip to the Walton Street site will make visiting a doctor harder." What about the people that will live one mile closer? "She said the move could deter people from going to the doctors when they should. " Or, maybe it will make people think twice about whether they really need to go to the doctor rather than waste time over a sniffle?! Plus, the new site is in development - when it is finished people can access the new surgery via Banbury Road which has many many buses stopping right outside it. Maybe they didn't consult you because it isn't really an issue? Or news? And these patients should be pleased. New surgery, new building, more doctors means more specialists and likely more facilities. Cabbers
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2:48pm Sun 22 Apr 12

jooly says...

Cabbers - Read the article: no-one will be one mile closer as the existing Jericho surgery is opposite the new build which will replace it. West Oxford is a branch surgery - it's expected to have fewer facilities than the main branch. The point about buses is that it will take two bus journeys plus a small walk for those unable to walk or cycle - that's many of the elderly and those with young families.
Cabbers - Read the article: no-one will be one mile closer as the existing Jericho surgery is opposite the new build which will replace it. West Oxford is a branch surgery - it's expected to have fewer facilities than the main branch. The point about buses is that it will take two bus journeys plus a small walk for those unable to walk or cycle - that's many of the elderly and those with young families. jooly
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