Labour Councillors are calling on Central London Community Healthcare NHS Trust to reverse its decision to close the Soho Square General Practice. In a letter to the Trust Councillor Paul Dimoldenberg writes;
“The surgery’s imminent closure in September is of deep concern to local residents. As you know the surgery has over 4,500 patients and is a valuable asset to the community. Many patients who attend this surgery have serious illnesses, and many are elderly. For these patients the prospect of relocating to another surgery, with doctors whom they not familiar is a very difficult and daunting task which could cause a serve amount of stress.
A resident who contacted me has an illness which means she is home bound and cannot attend the surgery for appointments. The two doctors at Soho Square General Practice currently make home visits, however it is very unlikely that another surgery will cater for this. There are also concerns with patients not being able to attend the new surgeries to register with them, therefore being left without a doctor.
These concerns are made even more severe when you take into account the Chinese community that this surgery serves. Many of these patients do not speak English as a first language and having doctors who speak Chinese and Mandarin at the surgery is a lifeline for many people within the community.
I have been informed that residents were not consulted on the closure of this surgery and many have not been formally written to, having to hear the news through the local press. The impact of the surgeries closure on local people will be extensive and the fact local patients have not been able to put forward their views is a total disgrace.
Following this letter I would be grateful if you could get back to me explaining your decision to close the surgery, and outlining what you will be doing to help the many patients badly affected by this closure.
Thank you for your assistance.
Councillor Paul Dimoldenberg
Leader of the Opposition
Queen’s Park Ward