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The spring of 2022 marks the 10th anniversary of the new GP surgery in Chew Stoke. 

The move from the much-loved old GP surgery in the heart of Chew Magna in March 2012 was an enormous change for the surgery. The new purpose-built premises have allowed much flexibility and room space to accommodate the clinical team and the patient population in an ever more demanding Primary Care environment. This was vividly illustrated in the ability to embrace the ongoing Covid immunisation program as well has having the space to accommodate a much wider group of NHS services like retinal screening and midwifery.

One new area that the Surgery has been able to embrace following the move, has been a widespread teaching portfolio that includes GP Registrars, as well as every year of medical students from the University of Bristol.  The whole team enjoys accommodating the students as a vital way of keeping up-to-date and enthusiastic within the NHS.

The advent of the Primary Care Network (PCN), where Chew Medical Practice is part of the Three Valleys PCN, means we are now accommodating a wider team of clinical staff, including a clinical pharmacist and a first contact practitioner to help with musculoskeletal problems. Appointments with both can be booked via reception.

This spring also sees big changes to the GP team, with Dr Sandra Fenn retiring as senior partner after 27 years working at the surgery. She said “I have been lucky enough to live and work as a GP in the Chew Valley and I am very grateful for all the support of my patients over many years. I do feel that I’m leaving the surgery in very good health, and in a robust position amidst all the wider challenges of the NHS. We have remained open throughout the pandemic and continue, I hope, to provide outstanding Primary Care.

Sadly, there have been two other farewells: Dr Priscilla Norgren has left the team to pursue her educational interests, and Dr Deborah Morgan is moving to the Devon Cornwall area with her family.  Practice Manager Tonia Grant said “We wish them very well and would like to thank them for all the skills and kindness which they brought to the Chew medical practice team. We have been fortunate enough to recruit an exceptional cohort of enthusiastic GPs and look forward to the future with confidence.”

Care Quality Commission Inspection (CQC) report

We carried out a review of the data available to us about Chew Medical Practice on 9th June 2022. We have not found evidence that we need to carry out an inspection or reassess our rating at this stage.This could change at any time if we receive new information. We will continue to monitor data about this service.If you have concerns about Chew Medical Practice, you can give feedback on this service.Care Quality Commission 

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