Brixton Water Lane Surgery has announced that it will be closing at the end of March.
Patients will be transferred to the Herne Hill Group Practice. This will mean a walk or bus journey for existing Brixton Water Lane patients.
Letters were sent on 7 March informing patients of the closure of Brixton Water Lane at the end of the month.
Nick Langford, the Senior Commissioning Manager for NHS England explained:
“With effect from 1 April 2017, the practices will run their clinics jointly from the existing premises at Herne Hill Group Practice, 74 Herne Hill, London SE24 9QP. This means that the site currently used by Brixton Water Lane Surgery at 48 Brixton Water Lane, Brixton, London SW2 1QE will close and all GP services will be transferred to Herne Hill Group Practice.”
The merger is likely to lead to the Herne Hill surgery having an extra strain on resources.
NHS England has attempted to justify the move by stating:
“By joining together and operating from Herne Hill Group Practice, the practice will be able to offer better services from more modern, fit for purpose premises. Some of the benefits include a greater choice of GP, increased opening hours for patients currently registered with Brixton Water Lane and combined services available to all patients.”
The future of the Brixton Water Lane building is uncertain. Property prices in the area mean that land is in demand.
Mango Landin’ along Brixton Water Lane was bulldozed in 2015 to make way for ‘luxurious apartments.’ Prices started at a cool half a million pounds.
Brixton Buzz reported back in February of this year how the Brixton Job Centre was also closing. Locals will be expected to travel to Stockwell or Kennington Park Road to access the service.