Merger Proposal

***Important information about a proposal to merge with Rishton & Great Harwood Surgery***

We are proposing to merge our clinical contract with Rishton & Great Harwood Surgery and would welcome your views. 

For a number of years now we have been working as a shared team with Rishton & Great Harwood Surgery.  This means that we have had the same clinical team (i.e. doctors and nurses) and management team working across both GP practices.

The two practices currently operate out of three sites: Blackburn Road Medical Practice, 257 Blackburn Rd, Accrington BB5 0AL; Rishton Surgery, 32 High Street, Rishton BB1 4LA; and, Great Harwood Surgery, Great Harwood Health Centre, Water Street, Great Harwood, BB6 7QR. There are no plans to reduce the number of sites, these will remain as they are.

We have applied to the East Lancashire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) for permission to merge the two practices into one. As a patient, you will not see any difference in the care or level of service that you are provided with.  It will just support our administration function better and more efficiently. 

Please be assured that all of the existing staff will continue to be involved in your care. The doctors, nurses, reception and administration teams will all continue to work from the same three sites as they do now. We will offer the same services 5 days a week as we do now. There will be no reduction in amount of appointments that we offer. However, you will have the opportunity to be seen at any of the three sites. 

We appreciate that the proposal to merge surgeries may be concerning or unsettling.  We would welcome any feedback on this, including any impact it may have on you, as your views are important to us.

There are a number of ways that you can feedback your comments to us. You can:

  • Call us on: 01254 287180
  • Email us at:
  • Write to us at any of the addresses above and mark your envelope for the attention of the Practice Manager

Please feedback your comments to us by Friday 23rd July 2021.

All comments will be taken into consideration and we will write to you again in due course with the result of the application.

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