Health Secretary, Jeremy Hunt, has written to Anne-Marie Trevelyan, MP for Berwick-upon-Tweed, to confirm the NHS’s commitment to a long-term solution for the patients of Harbottle GP surgery after its recent closure. The surgery caters to some of the most rural areas of England and its sudden closure after the GP handed back her contract with one week’s notice, left many patients very concerned.
NHS England and the local CCG have established a package of interim measures to allow patients to register at Rothbury surgery, who are running satellite sessions from the Harbottle site.
Anne-Marie said: “I am pleased the Health Secretary recognises the unique challenges the sudden closure of the Harbottle practice poses to our most rural communities, especially those who are less able to travel to Rothbury.
"The interim measures seem to be holding for now, but my priority is the future of long-term general practice provision for patients across the Coquetdale Valley. I will keep working with the local NHS team and the CCG to bring services back to Harbottle on a more permanent footing.
"I am also keen to harness new technologies to ensure even those in the hardest-to-reach areas of Northumberland have access to the medical expertise they need.”