Harbottle Surgery

A new agreement means that Harbottle will operate as a branch surgery of The Rothbury Practice.


The surgery in Harbottle closed on August 28 and branch surgeries at Rothbury Community Hospital and Otterburn Village Hall have also been affected.


NHS England described the closure as being an ‘exceptional situation’ when they made the announcement in August.


Following the announcement, NHS England have worked with NHS Northumberland Clinical Commissioning Group so that patients could access alternative GP services.


And members of Northumberland County Council’s health and wellbeing board have been working closely with partners on solutions and the potential return of GP services to the village.


Councillor Scott Dickinson, Chair of the Health & Wellbeing Board in Northumberland, said: “We welcome the announcement and are pleased a local solution has been found for the residents of Harbottle.


“We have worked together with the residents, interest groups and partners to find a solution so this is good news for Harbottle and the surrounding area.”


Under the new arrangements, The Rothbury Practice will provide some GP and nursing services from the Harbottle premises from 19 October. 


Two half-day GP sessions and two half-day nurse sessions per week will operate from the Harbottle premises, similar to the previous sessions available to patients there.


Patients wishing to access appointments will need to live within The Rothbury Practice catchment area and register with the main surgery.


Patients who do not live within The Rothbury Practice catchment area will need to register with an alternative practice, such as Bellingham. Arrangements have been made for the small number of patients who live in the upper Coquetdale area, who do not live within any other practice boundaries, to register with Rothbury.


The new service will be for an initial period of 12 months, allowing NHS England and Northumberland CCG to carry out a detailed assessment of local primary care needs and to consult more widely on longer term options.

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