Brighton and Hove has lost a quarter of its surgeries in two years, as pressure on the primary care sector takes its toll on family doctors across the country
A chilly autumn wind is blowing across the Brighton suburb of Woodingdean, tucked into the South Downs on the eastern edge of the city. It is a busy and unpredictable time for family doctors: flu prevention clinics, falls and respiratory complaints and the prospect of another winter crisis for the NHS.
So the timing couldn’t be worse for the nearest GP surgery to close. Yet Woodingdean’s Ridgeway practice will shut its doors for the last time on 31 October. More than 2,000 patients will have to find another family doctor further away. Not easy if you are frail, without transport or a parent struggling with a buggy and young children.
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