Issued: May 14, 2019
Parish council continues to seek answers over GP surgery
Questions continue to be asked by North Weald Bassett Parish Council over the staffing of the reopened Wheelers Farm Gardens branch doctors' surgery in North Weald.
The parish council wrote to managing partner Debbie Bodhanya to ask how many doctors are working at the surgery and how often it is open, what sort of appointment system is available and whether appointments are available only for North Weald residents.
In a reply to parish council clerk Sue DeLuca - dated May 8 - which was read out at Monday's council meeting, Mrs Bodhanya said: "The North Weald Surgery is open and patients are currently booking.
"The surgery will be focused on chronic disease management as we are specifically targeting the population of North Weald health needs.
"Registrations are with our practice as a whole and not with one site. Other patients will be able to use North Weald, as they can our other surgeries, as we deem necessary but we would expect that predominantly this site (North Weald) will be used for North Weald residents."
A further request is to be made to The Limes for clarification regarding the staffing of the Wheelers Farm Gardens surgery.
Local resident Vera Robinson told Monday's parish council meeting she was aware of some North Weald residents who have had to attend appointments at Dunmow and Waltham Abbey, and an elderly couple who had paid £14 for a return taxi fare from North Weald to attend an appointment at The Limes Surgery in Epping.