Long-term provider arrangements have been identified for five GP practices in Swindon, with the last of the practices expected to have joined with a new provider organisation by the end of November.  

Earlier this year, five practices - all of which were previously involved with the Integral Medical Holdings Group (IMH) - had been left without a provider after it was announced the private firm would be withdrawing from primary care in Swindon.

This decision was made by the CCG following a turbulent period that was hampered by operational and performance issues which, among other things, made it increasingly difficult for appointments to be booked over the phone. 

The five practices for which new arrangements have been made are Abbey Meads Medical Group, Moredon Medical Centre, Taw Hill Medical Practice, Eldene Surgery and Phoenix Surgery. 

Taw Hill Medical Practice was the first of the practices to join up with a new provider when it became a branch surgery of Highworth-based Westrop Surgery in October. 

Eldene Surgery followed when it began working with Victoria Cross Surgery on Monday 11 November. 

Phoenix Surgery is now getting ready to join forces with Park Lane Practice ahead of the agreed transfer date of Tuesday 26 November.

The two remaining practices - Abbey Meads Medical Group and Moredon Medical Centre - will be taken on by Great Western Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust a day later on Wednesday 27 November, in a move that sees the provider of Swindon's large acute hospital venture into primary care. 

Patients of Abbey Meads and Moredon are advised that while the Trust is taking on the management of the two practices, appointments will continue to be held in the same surgeries as before. 

The change in provider at any of the five practices should not impact on the way care is accessed and people are advised to continue booking and attending appointments in the usual way.