Following his direct intervention earlier this year, Rory Stewart has welcomed the decision to award the contract for health care services in Glenridding to The Lakes Medical Practice.

The long term future of Glenridding Health Centre came under threat earlier this year, following national changes to the funding system. As a result of these changes, it was announced that the current provider would cease operations in October 2015 and NHS England, who oversee the provision of local GP services, commenced a successful procurement exercise to secure a new provider.

From 7th October 2015, The Lakes Medical Practice will start providing services from Glenridding Health Centre, and will offer increased telephone access, along with a range of GPs and nursing staff offering a wide variety of services. Patients will be able to access services at either the Glenridding or Penrith practices, and patients already registered at Glenridding Health Centre will not need to re-register.

Rory, who objected strongly to any closure of the service, said “I have long campaigned for the protection of our local services in what is the most rural and sparsely populated district in England, as the importance of GP surgeries to rural communities – where there is often a high number of elderly residents in need of healthcare – cannot be understated. This is even more pronounced in Glenridding, which is perhaps the most remote parish in this district, and I am delighted with this positive outcome”.

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