The Director of Primary Care for NHS Kent and Medway has responded to the Parish Council’s letter regarding the re-location of the Medic Care practice in Teynham to the Memorial Hospital in Sittingbourne – which will leave the entire Teynham & Lynsted ward without a GP surgery.  You can read the letter below.

Dear Mr Speed,

Thank you for your letter.

Firstly may I apologise that you and your colleagues on Lynsted with Kingsdown Parish Council were not invited to the stakeholder event. We tried to make sure that as many patient representatives as possible were invited, so I apologise for this oversight.

The Medic Care practice has to move following the retirement of the previous partner, Dr Kumar, who owned the building. This is not a decision taken either by the practice or by NHS Kent and Medway.

We understand that this move will cause difficulty for some patients and are supporting people with specific issues.

Patients have been engaged at the earliest opportunity. Contract deadlines on the building meant the practice had a six-month notice period to find alternative accommodation. 

The only available option which met the necessary criteria for running a safe and clinically-effective practice was at Sittingbourne Memorial Hospital. 

We informed patients as soon as we had confirmation of a new location for the practice and ran a survey between 26 May and 20 June for patients to be able to raise any concerns or ideas. The public meeting was also an opportunity to get feedback from patients, all of which will be reviewed and used to inform future plans. 

Regarding the question of a covenant on the existing surgery building, there is no evidence that a covenant exists. The building is owned by Dr Kumar and the decision regarding future availability of the building has not been made by Dr Nilan or NHS Kent and Medway.

The priority for the practice at the moment is to get into a safe and clinically effective building. We will continue to work closely with the practice to support development of plans for them to move back to the area, taking into account local health needs and other planning and development in the area and all exploration of potential options and sites for a medical centre.

Thank you for your location suggestion. The owner of the building has also been in touch with the practice and it will be considered, along with other suggestions, as part of the process when looking at site options. 

Yours faithfully

Sukh Singh
Director of Primary Care 
NHS Kent and Medway