Sweeping changes to the way emergency health care is provided for the residents of Newmarket, Mildenhall and Soham will mean an end tro Saturday morning GP surgeries and out of hours house calls by doctors.
Instead patients could have to travel to a new centre at West Suffolk Hospital in Bury St Edmunds if they need to see a doctor.
Currently two doctors are based at Newmarket Hospital every evening and at weekends as part of the out of hours care provided by Suffolk Doctors on Call, the GPs’ own co=operative service which covers not only Newmarket and Mildenhall
but also Burwell, Soham and Wickhambrook. But the responsibility for out of hours care has now been taken away from doctors by the government and put in the hands of Suffolk West Primary Care Trust whose head of primary care John Hurlstone said: “People don’t always need to see a doctor, there are different ways they can access health care advice 24 hours a day.”