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****Please see the latest Information about the merger with the Hampton and Octagon Medical Practice below ******
Following a working at scale meeting in September 2017, 5 Peterborough practices decided that they would work towards a merger to become a larger practice with 5 branch sites. Along the way, other practices have joined the process as the opportunities to work at scale have proved to be successful for patients and staff alike. The name Octagon Medical Practice was chosen from staff entries to name the new merged entity. The practices have a joint patient population of circa. 75,000 patients and with Hampton Health and others currently joining we will total 14 Practices and close to 120,000 patients in mid-2019.
For several years, the forward plan within the NHS has been to support the merger of primary care practices to enable long term secure care for Patients. The practices within Octagon share a vision of being part of a larger service which offers many benefits to all of our registered patients. This proposed merger will strengthen the Patient care choice and service available within its Patient population and allow for investment in new technology and ways of working.
It is envisaged that Octagon will continue to grow, and to add further Practices to our portfolio, this will ensure financial and medical stability whilst continuing to provide the opportunities a larger Practice can offer. The merging of Hampton within Octagon is set to take place in early 2019.
What does this mean for patients?
There will be no reduction in current services offered at Hampton, and Octagon will continue to support the Practice in full.
Will this lead to more appointments being available for patients? This cannot be guaranteed, but the aim of the merger is to offer more choice without reducing any of the current service or appointments that the practice offers.
As Octagon develop new services, Hampton patients will benefit from these improvements as these services may be offered locally at the Hampton site.
It is our aim to be one of the leading Practices in the country for high quality patient care.
Other benefits of a Merger the benefits of a merger of the practices are;
Patients will have a choice of location. This will improve access for all patients who may live or work nearer to an alternative Octagon Practice.
We are embracing technology as an enabler for those patients who choose to use it. Being part of our group will offer patients more ways to get clinical advice and support.
A larger team of clinical staff means the practice can offer better training prospects for, including medical students, trainee GP’s and nurses.
More staff resources meaning staff can focus more on individual tasks.
A larger practice can negotiate and commission additional services for patients in-house rather than sending them elsewhere.
Bigger practices are more attractive to new staff both clinical and non-clinical.
Properties across Octagon can be better utilised, and this will allow Octagon to adapt and create more clinical space.
Engagement Process Staff
Staffs were informed of the proposed merge in October. They were assured that there would be no redundancies. Staffs have been informed at every stage of the merger process and were involved in preparing for the engagement period.
Patient Participation Groups
The first PPG joint meeting with Octagon took place in November. We have another meeting scheduled for early February.
Timeline of events and future events
Patients are invited to attend one of the following events which will happen in January / February to listen to representatives of Octagon and Hampton Health speak regarding the merger;
January 23rd – 6.30pm arrival for 7pm Start at Hampton Health
February - TBC
This is the opportunity for all Patients to meet with the Partners of Hampton and Octagon to discuss the merger and allow for questions to be answered. Patients can also visit the Hampton Health website to view further information.
Engagement Activities Posters/Leaflets/Publications
We have posters in the Surgery and leaflets being distributed to advise of the proposed merger.
Social Media and general questions and answers
Patients can visit the Octagon website at www.octagonmedicalpractice.co.uk
Read the frequently asked questions (FAQ) page and learn a little more about Octagon and their services.
See Our latest CQC inspection report below.