Federation Support Units (FSU), acting on behalf of the GP Federations across Northern Ireland, will take over the contract and provide General Medical Services (GMS) to the patients of Bannview Medical Practice in Portadown from 1st September 2021.
This will be the first time in Northern Ireland that GMS services will be provided by the GP Federations.
GP Federations in Northern Ireland have been developed since 2014, and are now 17 in number. Every practice in NI is a member, and they are set up as not-for-profit Community Interest Companies, enabling practices to work together at scale for the benefit of General Practice and delivery of primary care services to their local communities.
The FSU’s are currently making arrangements to ensure patients continue to have access to essential GP-led services from 1st September 2021 and will be writing to patients in due course.
The Southern Health and Social Care Trust will continue to provide General Medical Services at Bannview Medical Practice until 31st August 2021.
The HSCB would like to reassure patients of Bannview Practice that the practice currently remains open and patients should continue to contact the practice as normal for their ongoing care.
Delighted with announcement, Dr Margaret O’Brien, HSCB Head of GMS, said; “I would like to thank the patients at Bannview Medical Practice for their patience and ongoing support for the practice and its staff as the Board worked to secure a new contractor for the practice. Patients can be reassured they will continue to receive the highest standard of GMS services now and into the future.”