The Rhondda AM is urging patients of a GP surgery closing at the end of the year to make known their preferred replacement surgery as soon as possible.
Any patients of Porth Farm who have not responded to Cwm Taf Morgannwg University Health Board by November 25th will be automatically allocated the surgery closest to their home address.
As of last week, 64% of responses had been received from the patient list of more than 4,000 people at Porth Farm Surgery about their preferred surgery for after December 31. Every patient of the surgery, which is closing at the end of the year because of the retirement of two GPs, should have received correspondence giving them a choice of a new surgery for the New Year onwards.
A spokesperson for the health board said people’s requests can still be accommodated if they make contact after the deadline. They said: “Should a patient contact us at a later date to say they wish to be registered at a practice different to the one we have allocated them to, we will facilitate them being registered with the practice of their choice.
“This approach will ensure that no patient is left unregistered with a GP practice.”
Leanne said this meant people have until the end of the week to make their preferred choices known to ensure the smoothest of transitions between surgeries.
“Everyone should have received correspondence from the health board giving them a number of options for them to choose from in order to continue GP care into the New Year and beyond,” said Leanne.
“I am told that if patients are still waiting on a letter, it may be because they have changed address and not informed the practice. In this instance, there is a supply of forms provided at Porth Farm Surgery that patients can complete to note their preference.
“In the meantime, patients are advised to continue attending Porth Farm Surgery until they are told they are registered at their new surgery.”
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