A DROP-IN session for patients to ask questions about Beech Grove Surgery has been announced by NHS Isle of Wight Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG).

It will take place on Wednesday, October 9, in St Mary’s Church Hall in the High Street in Brading, from 4pm to 6pm.

It comes after the CCG received formal notification that Beech Grove Surgery, which has practices in Brading and in Lake, is to hand back its contract to provide primary care services.

The process to find alternative provision for their 4,592 registered patients has already begun.

Alison Smith, the CCG’s Managing Director, said: “We understand it has been worrying and disappointing news for patients at Beech Grove Surgery.

“We want to continue to maintain the continuity of your care, I would also urge you to stay with your current surgery while this is sorted, and we will keep you posted on updates as we have them.

“It’s important to us and the practice, to hear your views, questions and comments from registered patients at Beech Grove Surgery, as this will contribute towards how a service is shaped for the future.

“While we may not have the answers to all the questions, it is important for you to ask and for us to answer as much as we possibly can”.

The CCG is now planning an options appraisal to ensure that all patients registered at the practice get continued access to a full range of primary care services.

Questions and issues raised at the drop-in session will be used to inform the options appraisal.

After the CCG has decided on how best to progress, it is planning to set up public meetings in Brading for patients to learn of the next steps.

The drop-in session, which is for registered patients of Beech Grove Surgery, has disabled access and parking.