Ensure West Malling surgery stays open until proper alternatives found.
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surgery to stay open in West Malling until they
open in an alternative property, and to give
priority to the elderly, and young children if
patient appointments become limited in the
new set up.
The West Malling GP practice High Street surgery building is
up for sale. The Doctors’ practice say they shared the news
that the surgery was closing with the Patients’ Participation
Group many months ago, but there has been no
communication with residents, or the Parish Councils.
The practice manager has confirmed that they intend to ‘keep
a presence in the High Street’ but the ‘bulk of the business’
will transfer to Kings Hill and Leybourne. The Kings Hill surgery
is said to be ‘half empty’ at present, though doctors admit it
suffers from parking problems which will have got worse since
parking charges were imposed in West Malling.
It’s also difficult to see how the Leybourne surgery could cater
for larger numbers of people.
The lack of communication is very disappointing, but we are
committed to ensuring that doctor appointments remain in
some form in West Malling and Leybourne. It is a vital service
to the elderly, people with young families and mobility
problems, including the many people who have no car. Cuts
to our bus services between Leybourne, West Malling and
Kings Hill make using them difficult, and taxis are expensive.
It’s high time developer money, pledged to improve bus links
from Leybourne, is used to ensure residents can get easy
access to West Malling and Kings Hill surgeries and rail
Nick Stapleton & Trudy Dean
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