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Portadown Health Centre: Annagh and Waterside medical practices to close

Thousands of patients are set to lose their GP after two practices within Portadown Health Centre announced their decision to hand back contracts and cease operations.

Annagh and Waterside medical practices are to close by the end of this coming summer.

These practices account for around a quarter of all patients on the register in the Portadown Health Centre.

Upper Bann MLA, Doug Beattie, says while he remains hopeful a solution can be found, it will be a huge blow to the community.

Said Mr Beattie: “It is with a heavy heart that Annagh and Waterside Medical Practices have announced their decision to hand back their contracts and cease operations. The closure of these practices will have significant implications for patients in the Portadown/Craigavon area.

“It underscores the challenges faced by healthcare providers in maintaining service continuity amidst evolving healthcare landscapes.

“The closure of Annagh and Waterside Medical Practices is undoubtedly a loss to the community, we remain hopeful for the future of healthcare provision in the area.

“Patients who have relied on Annagh and Waterside Medical Practices for their healthcare needs may understandably have concerns about access to essential medical services.

“However, I wish to assure patients that we are working closely with the local healthcare trust and other stakeholders to explore every avenue to ensure a smooth transition and continuity of care for all patients affected by the closures.

“I understand that transitions of this nature can be unsettling for patients, and want to reassure them, the practice is committed to providing support and assistance throughout this process. Patients will be kept informed of developments and provided with guidance on accessing alternative healthcare services as necessary.

“As they begin to navigate this challenging period, I extend my heartfelt gratitude to the staff, who have supported Annagh and Waterside Medical Practices over the years. Your loyalty and dedication have been invaluable.”

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