Leicester City Commissioning Group (CCG) have announced the closure of Belgrave Surgery, 13 Loughborough Road, Leicester on 30th April 2018 after partners Dr Bapodra and Dr Singh informed the CCG that they wished to resign from their contract to provide medical services. 

Richard Morris, Director of Operations and Corporate Affairs advised that the CCG has discussed other options with the practice, however this discussion did not yield any feasible options for continuing to provide a GP practice at this site, for the following reasons:-

  • Dr Singh does not want to continue with the contract at Loughborough Road
  • The practice do not want to take on a new partner for the service to continue at this site
  • Dr Bapodra owns the premises and has confirmed that the premises will not be available for future use as a GP practice as he is looking to sell the property once the contract ends.

The CCG has made it a priority to ensure the 3007 registered patients will continue to have use of a GP practice from 1st May 2018 and has written to all the patients informing them of the practice closure, whilst encouraging them to let them know how this practice will affect them and to share any concerns or suggestions, so they can take account of their views and respond accordingly.

There are a number of ways that patients registered with the surgery can share their views. Patients can complete a survey online at https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/BelgraveSurgery

Patients may also call  a member of the CCG Primary Care Team on 0116 295 1469 Monday-Friday between 9.00am and 5.00pm if they would like the survey to be completed on their behalf over the phone.

The survey will close on Sunday 4th February 2018.

Leicester City CCG have also arranged two patient information sessions,  where people will have the opportunity to ask questions and share suggestions and concerns. The sessions will both be held at Belgrave Surgery on the following dates:-

  • 8.30am to 10.00am on Monday 8th January 2018
  • 3.30pm to 5.00pm on Wednesday 24th January 2018

Speakers of Gujarati and Hindu will be available at each session, to reflect the languages spoken by many of the affected patients.

The CCG is committed to making sure that patients receive the best possible care and continue to have access to a local GP and the full range of services that they provide. 

They would like to reassure patients that they will not be left without a GP, as there is choice of practices within the Belgrave area where patients may register.

The CCG will be keeping patients fully informed throughout the process and will be writing to all affected patients again in February, after the survey has closed, with further information about registering with a new practice.