Hywel Dda University Health Board have publicly announced that they are seeking a replacement for Dr Prabodh Devichand, a well regarded and supported GP who has worked in Llanelli for over 30 years. The doctor, who's Andrew Street Surgery also has a branch in Dafen, will retire on the 30 September 2015.
'Hywel Dda University Health Board (UHB) will now seek to identify whether there is another group of GPs who would like to take on the Practice. This opportunity is currently being advertised.'
Meanwhile an online petition has been set up to call on the Hywel Dda University Health Board to take over the running of Dr Devichand's surgery as a managed practice, to ensure the continuity of care of his patients. (Follow the link to sign).
The Health Board statement continues, "In the interest of openness and clarity with patients, the Health Board is sharing that should no interest in taking on the practice be received, it may be an option that patients are registered with one of the other practices close to where they live. However, no decisions have been made and this will depend on whether a new provider is found, the outcome of patient feedback and our ongoing discussions with other practices. Hywel Dda UHB will provide regular updates to keep patients and stakeholders informed.
Elaine Lorton, Assistant Director of Primary Care for Hywel Dda UHB, said: “First, I would like to thank Dr Devichand. The Health Board recognises how difficult a decision it was for Dr Devichand to retire after so many years of service to the community and appreciates the support many patients have already given him. We wish him every happiness for the future and we’d like to reassure Andrew Street patients that Hywel Dda UHB is working hard to make sure that the transition from one GP to a new service is completed smoothly.
“Following this news, we are in the process of writing to patients registered at the Andrew Street practice to keep them informed. We would like to hear from them regarding what matters most and any concerns they may have. The letter will include a questionnaire which we are asking all patients to please take the opportunity to complete and return to the freepost address provided by 31 July.”
Hywel Dda UHB understands how important it is that it hears what Andrew Street patients have to say as the final decision has not yet been made. In addition to the questionnaire, Hywel Dda UHB will hold a drop in session at the Selwyn Samuel Centre between 12-2pm on Wednesday 22 July if anyone would like to come and speak to us about this change, ask any questions you may have or to let Hywel Dda UHB know your views.
If Andrew Street patients have any queries they are asked to contact Ceinwen Richards, Senior Primary Care Locality Development Manager on 07805 799658 or Hywel Dda UHB’s Patient Support Services on 0300 0200 159.
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