All systems go for new Lighthouse Group Practice in Portsmouth

Two GP practices in Portsmouth have now officially merged to form a new partnership.

Southsea Medical Centre and The Devonshire Practice officially joined together on 1 July 2019 to form the new Lighthouse Group Practice.

The move has been planned for months and was announced last May. It has been approved by NHS Portsmouth Clinical Commissioning Group, which is responsible for planning primary care services city-wide.

The two former practices have a combined registered of more than 13,500 patients. Both sites, which are 1.5 miles apart, will remain open.

Managing Partner Andrew Clarke said: “We strongly believe that by becoming a single practice, and pooling our clinical skills and staffing resources, that we will be able to offer improved high-quality services and good access to those services.

“It will also help us to offer our patients much more robust cover during times of staff holiday leave or sickness, and patients can be seen at whichever site is more convenient to them.

“We are also offering extended access hours with our healthcare assistant (7.30-8am Monday to Thursday; a nurse prescriber clinic (Tuesday 6.30pm-8.30pm) and a GP and nurse prescriber (Thursday6.30pm -8pm).

The new combined practice plans to provide:

improved same day access for its patients, especially patients who were registered at Devonshire, where appointment times have been adversely affected by staff sickness in recent months
an in-house pharmacist who will ensure that repeat prescribing processes are safer, better managed and provide an improved service to patients
modern facilities fit for the future
Improvements to the patients’ GP-led telephone triage system across both sites
a dedicated long-term conditions nursing team to work across both practices
a more attractive workplace for future staff, helping GP and other staff recruitment and staff retention – especially as it plans to become an NHS ‘training practice.’
Further enhancements to existing administrative systems to help GPs manage their paperwork – freeing up more of their time for appointments.