The Rowan Tree Surgery, which serves the community in Showfields has told patients the surgery will close in January 2020.
This will leave more than 15,000 patients, including many elderly and young families without a community doctors’ surgery on their doorstep.
Bjorn Simpole, chair of the Tunbridge Wells Branch of the Labour Party said: “We greatly concerned about the impact of the closure of Rowan Tree surgery for residents of Ramslye and Showfields who will be forced to travel to the other side of town to see their doctor.
“Low income residents in one of the most deprived areas of the borough will be forced to pay more than £5 for return bus journeys to their new surgery in St John’s, while vulnerable elderly residents will lose vital services on their doorstep. The loss of community based GP surgeries is a sad reflection of the state of public services under the Conservatives and highlights that austerity continues for Tunbridge Wells residents.”
This follows the news that Showfields library, next to the doctor’s surgery, is likely to have its hours slashed by Kent County council from 28 hours to just 15.
The surgery is seeking written feedback by 11 March 2019 which will be reflected in the submission for closure document which will be discussed
with all parties involved including GP commissioners and the local council.
You can find out more about this in this Patient Letter, which is available from the surgery.
If you are unable to reply in writing to the surgery, please email your feedback to us and we’ll collate it submit it for you.