Concerns over plans to close Swanland and Willerby GP centres

The NHS is being urged to reconsider plans to move GPs from Swanland and Willerby to a new centre in Anlaby.

The East Riding Clinical Commissioning Group is consulting on the plan until March.

The new site promises extended opening hours, modern facilities and can cater for an increased population. 

Local councillor Julie Abraham says some services should be maintained at Swanland. 
She says: "I can see the need to provide additional capacity within the system because there's a lot of new houses being built in Swanland and Willerby. 

"I still think that there's a case to be made because it's a large village, it's got over 4,000 residents and growing, we still need that basic level of primary health care."

Jane Hawkward, chief officer for East Riding CCG, says: "We understand that a relocation may have an impact on patients travelling to appointments, particularly elderly patients.  

"The practice confirms that they have analysed this impact through a patient survey they conducted in December 2017 and January 2018 and are working with Humber and Wolds Rural Action to improve the offer to their patients in terms of assistance with transport for appointments if needed. The Governing Body also recognised that both Willerby and Swanland have very high rates of car ownership.

"Local people also asked whether alternative sites had been looked into and the practice has provided evidence that known current alternative and available sites have been explored and considered."

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