Private firm to run GP service at NHS surgery

Horizon Health Choices is taking on Landsdowne Surgery
Horizon Health Choices is taking on Landsdowne Surgery

A GP surgery will be run by a “caretaker” health provider as the contract with the current doctors comes to an end.

Landsdowne Surgery will be run by Horizon Health Choices from April 1, as Dr Norris & Partners contract runs out on Thursday.

Locality Director for NHS England in Bedfordshire Dominic Cox wrote to patients to explain Horizon will provide GP services at Landsdowne Road for the next 12 months.

He said: “Dr Norris & Partners informed us at the end of last year they had decided to terminate their contract.

“Since we wrote to patients last December to let them know, we have been working with the partners and prospective providers to ensure patients continue to have access to safe, quality services.

“I am delighted we have been able to achieve this with the appointment of Horizon.”

Horizon Health Choices is an independent healthcare provider founded by a group of 24 GP practices in Bedford in 2006. During its year tenure, Patients will be asked for their views on how GP services are provided in the future.