Registered patients or people that use the GP practice within Dr
Piper House in Darlington on a 'drop in' basis are being reminded
that it will close on 31 March 2013 and are being encouraged to
register with another GP practice.
This does not effect any other services available at Dr Piper
House; the Urgent Care Centre, which is also often referred to as
the 'Walk in Centre' will remain open. However, people are
asked to dial 111 first, before setting off to
visit the centre. Calling 111 will ensure
that they are directed to the most appropriate service to meet
their needs. 111 is free to call and
available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
A decision was made to close the GP practice within Dr Piper
House following a review that concluded the centre did not offer
value for money, as its cost per patient was much higher than
similar GP services in Darlington.
Patients should be reassured that there is sufficient capacity
to cope with extra demand from any newly registered patients at
other GP practices in the town and that all resources released as a
result of the GP practice closing will be reinvested in local
health services in Darlington.
Information about other GP practices in the town is available
'As I was very, very nervous, I must have been the worst patient
ever and they were brilliant with me and I can't thank them enough
- could you please pass on my sincere thanks.'
Patient, Hysteroscopy Unit, Chester-le-Street Community