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Petition launched against planned Sheffield surgery closure

Laura Beal, left, and Janet Tyler who are among many patients who are opposing proposals to close down Beighton Medical centre.

Laura Beal, left, and Janet Tyler who are among many patients who are opposing proposals to close down Beighton Medical centre.

Patients at an under-threat health centre in Sheffield have started a petition in a bid to try to save the practice.

Users of Beighton Health Centre are collecting signatures from around the village in a bid to keep it open.

Sothall and Beighton Medical Practice says national changes to how surgeries are funded mean it can no longer afford to keep the same level of service at its two sites.

It has now launched a consultation on whether the Beighton building should close, with services transferred to its Sothall surgery.

However, patient Janet Tyler, aged 66, of Beighton, said: “There are a lot of people complaining and saying it is disgraceful.”

The practice’s consultation is offering its 10,000 patients the choice of closing the Beighton centre so service levels can be maintained at Sothall Medical Centre on Eckington Road, or keeping both sites open with reduced services.

However, the proposals have prompted an angry response among patients in Beighton, who say they don’t understand why the site is earmarked for potential closure when it underwent a major refurbishment just a couple of years ago.

Signatures against the plans are now being collected around the village.

Mrs Tyler said: “In Sothall, people don’t want this either because they are saying they can’t get in at the doctors now for appointments.”

 

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