As Deer Park is set to close today, I have continued pressing Oxfordshire health bosses to extend services until the final independent review decision is made. I have also pressed for them to ensure that local practices are able to provide the much needed cover for Deer Park patients.
I have been assured by Oxfordshire health bosses that the Nuffield Health Centre will provide an immediate and necessary service for any unregistered patients needing health services. This will be provided from their surgery in Witney. All telephone calls to Deer Park will be automatically diverted to the patient services team, who will direct patients to the Nuffield centre if necessary. There will also be a sign on the door at Deer Park.
I have been in further contact with Oxfordshire health bosses today to emphasise the concerns of local people: that waiting times are increasing and patients are potentially being turned away from local surgeries. I will continue to do all I can to ensure Deer Park patients have access to the necessary services; if you have any specific incidents to report to me, please do so.