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Save Wood Street Surgery

Crowd protesting closure of Wood Street surgery

Protestors outside the surgery

Local residents are having to travel to the ARU campus to see their GP whilst the Wood Street Surgery on Hylands Parade is closed.

The practice was first closed after being deemed not 'Covid-safe' during the pandemic. It has now fallen into disrepair, so the owners have applied to close it permanently.

The NHS Clinical Commissioning Group has rejected this application due to insufficient patient engagement and a lack of clarity on how the needs of more vulnerable patients will be met. But an appeal is to be heard later in June which could see 2,724 registered patients permanently moved to the Rivermead Gate site.

Lack of healthcare planning

Linda Mascot, Lib Dem Councillor for Goat Hall Ward, said "I'm angry that there have been several opportunities to update and improve healthcare facilities in our area, most recently with the redevelopment of the St. John's site or when the Community Centre in Waltham Glen was demolished by Essex County Council. Both sites would have been ideally situated to serve local people without them having to travel so far."

The GP practice have said they would be willing to move to an alternative site locally if NHS England can provide them with one. But locally and nationally, Conservatives have failed to properly invest to give people better access to GP's.

Please add your name to our campaign to ask NHS England to save Wood Street Surgery or provide a suitable local alternative.

You can also complete the Rivermead Gate Medical Centre questionnaire.

If you opt in to email contact, we'll keep you updated on the progress of the appeal.

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