Patients rally at meeting on surgery

Concern: Patients at a metting about the future of St Walburghe's medical centre
Concern: Patients at a metting about the future of St Walburghe's medical centre
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Rumours about the future of a Preston surgery were put to bed at a community meeting last night.

Patients of St Walburge’s Medical Centre on Ashton Street, Ashton-on-Ribble, Preston, were in attendance at St Walburge’s Church hall, to address rumours that had circulated since the building closed for refurbishment at the end of May.

County Cllr Carl Crompton opened by reading out a letter he had received from the owner of the premises, Dr Fernandez, who had been invited to attend the meeting.

In it, Dr Fernandez stated that she had been told on May 20 this year that the surgery was moving to different premises and she had received no rent since then.

The building is now up for sale.

Practice manager Sharon Riley of the Issa Medical Centre, who said the meeting had been useful, both for herself and the patients, commented that every effort was being made to reopen a surgery even if not on the present site.

She said: “The event was very well attended and it was an excellent way to engage with the community.

“Quite a few people didn’t receive the letter that had been sent out outlining the closure of the St Walburge’s surgery so they were pleased to be told what the situation was.

Sharon added: “A meeting has been scheduled for Dr Patel & Partners to discuss the report regarding the building so they can work out the best way forward.”

A time scale on the future of the surgery was not available but Sharon will be attending future PACT meetings to keep all patients up to date with progress.