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GP surgery closed in landlord row

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More than 2,000 patients have been forced to look for a new doctor following a landlord dispute that has led to closure of a Nottingham GP practice.

The owners of St Ann’s Phoenix Practice ordered staff to leave earlier this year due to legal reasons.

Sue Whiteman, practice manager, said workers had been aware that a closure was likely for a number of months. She added that no jobs would be lost and all staff would be redeployed to other practices across the city.

The director of delivery and performance at NHS Nottingham City, Michelle Rhodes, said that despite lengthy talks with the landlord a mutual agreement could not be reached. Although efforts had been made to find suitable alternative premises, the practice had been forced to close.

‘There are around 2,000 patients registered at the Phoenix Practice. We are very sorry for the inconvenience caused to them by this situation, but we are confident that this process will be as smooth as possible and people will still have good access to high-quality local health services,’ she added.

The primary care trust said it would not comment on the reason behind the landlord’s decision for legal reasons.

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