Two Tyneside GP practices have merged following advice from specialist medical and healthcare accountants.
Oxford Terrace Medical Group and Rawling Road Medical Centre in Gateshead have joined forces to become Oxford Terrace and Rawling Road Medical Group with help from the industry specialists at Newcastle-based RMT Accountants & Business Advisors.
The merger was made to give patients of both practices wider access to more specialist advice and to improve the quality of service offered, and the firm said it is already showing results.
The newly-combined group now encompasses 12 GPs, along with around 30 other clinical and support staff, and serves over 15,200 patients from across Gateshead.
Dr Peter Young, partner at Oxford Terrace and Rawling Road Medical Group, said: “The merger focused on improving patient access and quality as well as the range and variety of services we could provide. Being able to pool our premises, budgets and resources also gives us a stronger starting position from which to manage the clinical, logistical and financial challenges of delivering primary care within the evolving NHS framework.
“RMT were involved from the outset and were central to what we wanted to achieve.”