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Merger with Berkhamsted Group Practice

We are pleased to announce that our merger with Berkhamsted Group Practice took place on 1st January 2020.

We believe this merger offers important patient benefits as the combination of our strengths will enhance our team and enable us to further improve patient experience by extending the range of services we are able to deliver.

Whilst there are some changes and some doctors will be working at a different site we are committed to making the process of integrating the practices as seamless as possible.

Dr Theo Sacca and Dr Kate Thomson will work solely at Berkhamsted Surgery, and Dr Avi Gupta will no longer work at Markyate Surgery. As part of these changes, we have taken the opportunity to rationalise doctors lists so that each doctor has the correct number of patients allocated to them; this allocation is done randomly.

The same system of every patient having a named doctor will continue and the number of appointments we offer will not change, in fact, we feel these changes will make it easier to see your named doctor. We will be writing to each patient affected by these changes to inform them of their new doctor.

Stay Well This Winter

People are being urged to keep an extra special eye on themselves and the people they care for over the winter period so minor illnesses don’t become more serious.

People who are older or have long term conditions may be particularly vulnerable to winter bugs which could become serious and require hospital treatment. Getting help earlier may prevent this from happening.

To make sure winter bugs don’t become more serious:

  • Have your flu jab
  • If you start to feel ill, get help from your pharmacy straight away.
  • Keep your home warm, at least 18 degrees
  • Make sure you take any medicines as directed
  • Get any repeat prescriptions filled in advance as many surgeries and pharmacies close over Christmas
  • Keep a supply of cold and flu remedies in the house so you don’t need to go out if the weather is bad
  • If you are prescribed antibiotics finish the course
  • Don’t go to A&E or call 999 unless it’s an emergency. If you are in any doubt, NHS 111 can help you get the right treatment

Further Information

Christmas and New Year Opening Hours

Day Time
Fri 20th Dec 08:00 – 18:30
Sat 21st Dec Pre Booked Appointments Only
Sun 22nd Dec CLOSED
Mon 23rd Dec 08:00 – 18:30
Tue 24th Dec 08:00 – 18:30
Wed 25th Dec CLOSED
Thurs 26th Dec CLOSED
Fri 27th Dec 08:00 – 18:30
Sat 28th Dec Pre Booked Appointments Only
Sun 29th Dec CLOSED
Mon 30th Dec 08:00 – 18:30
Tue 31st Dec 08:00 – 18:30
Wed 1st Jan CLOSED
Thurs 2nd Jan 08:00 – 18:30

Out of hours

Please call NHS 111 for all medical advice or 999 for emergencies.

Repeat Prescriptions this Christmas:

As the festive period approaches we would like to remind patients to place requests for repeat prescriptions as early as possible.

Now is a good time to double check you have enough medicine to see you through the festive period, and if you need to order more.

Do this in good time so that you can get on with enjoying the holiday period in good health.

The closing date for Repeat Prescription Requests before Christmas is Tuesday 17th December 2019.

Announcement to Patients

The planned merger of Rothschild House Group and Berkhamsted Group Practice has been postponed and we are all actively working towards completing this merger as soon as possible.

The two partnerships are working on this merger because of the opportunities for a large, locally-run surgery will enhance patient care and attract additional services. We will be looking after 40,000 patients and will be able to share expertise from the current group of clinicians, as well as attracting new GPs and other clinicians to join. We will be making some operational changes over time,which include recruitment of additional clinicians for the Berkhamsted sites and Berkhamsted Group Practice starting to work to the Rothschild House Group model of care.

Our patients are at the heart of our service and both partnerships are very much looking forward to working together to strengthen our commitment to excellent patient care.

We will keep our Patient Groups up to date with our progress and publish regular updates for patients on our websites and in our waiting rooms.