CAM AND ULEY FAMILY PRACTICE HAVE RECENTLY ASKED NHS Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Group to consider proposals to withdraw all services from Uley. This is after having asked NHS England to move just the dispensary to their main site in Cam.
The local Patient Participation Group held an emergency meeting for residents on 4 August, and the Uley Parish Council discussed the issue at its meeting immediately after. The strength of feeling is strong and evidenced by the size of the crowd at the meeting in Uley, where residents young and old expressed dismay at the proposal and asked tough questions about the rationale for the closure. At Nympsfield Parish Council’s meeting this week, residents also spoke of their concerns — some older local residents have been using the surgery since birth and do not have any easy way to get to Cam.
Wendy Thomas, Gloucestershire County Councillor, says: “Uley residents were organising a petition against losing their dispensary services when they heard a few days later that the entire surgery is proposed to close.
“This will be a devastating blow to Uley and the surrounding villages. Residents value their local surgery highly, which many can walk to. They will now be forced to travel several miles to Cam. This will have a huge impact—nearly a third of Uley residents are aged 65 and over and a significant percentage of those older residents do not have a car.
“The crisis in rural transport will make this all the worse: the infrequent buses from Uley to Cam & Dursley do not go directly to the Cam surgery in Fairmead. Taxis cost £11 each way, making a doctor’s visit an expensive outing.”
For more information:
Home page has banner links to the proposals for moving the dispensary and closing the surgery and a link to a patient questionnaire for providing feedback (deadline 17 September).
See under ‘Local News’ for information on the petitions, contact details for MP, CCG etc as well as a template letters for providing feedback.