Patients worried about the future of doctor’s surgery

Concern: The St Walburge's Medical Centre is closed for refurbishment
Concern: The St Walburge's Medical Centre is closed for refurbishment
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Patients of a Preston medical surgery have called a community meeting tonight after concerns that their practice is under threat.

St Walburge’s Medical Centre on Ashton Street, Ashton-on-Ribble, Preston, has been closed for refurbishment since the end of May and patients, many of which are elderly, have been forced to get two buses to a temporary surgery at the Issa Medical Centre, St. Gregory Road, Deepdale,

Tonight, a meeting, chaired by Lancashire County Councillor Carl Crompton and Deputy Leader of Preston Council, Councillor John Swindells, at St Walburge’s Church Hall, will be opened for patients and members of the public to air their concerns and ask questions.

Issa Medical Centre and St Walburge’s Practice Manager, Sharon Riley, who will be in attendance at the meeting, said: “It is true that the surgery has been moved to the Deepdale location on a temporary basis.

“However, I cannot comment on the future of the property as we do not own it.”

Currently, a Dr Fernandez, owns the building on Ashton Street, which has been seen to have a for sale sign on it.

A letter is set to be read out at the 6pm meeting by Councillor Crompton.

He said: “Myself and John Swindells were asked by residents and patients to convene a meeting because there have been numerous rumours flying around.

“I will read out a letter from Dr Fernandez and will help to address the situation.”

He continued: “A lot of the patients are not happy about the situation at the moment.

“One lady I have been speaking to has to visit the doctors twice a week and she is having to get two buses, one from Fylde Road to the bus station then on to Deepdale.”