STAFF at Corringham’s Ash Tree Surgery have sent a heartfelt message to patients after it was confirmed Thurrock Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) will not review its decision to close the practice following the retirement of the lead doctor, Dr Kim Chueng.
Residents in the area had campaigned for the practice to be allowed to continue under another doctor and petitioned the CCG, but their wishes have fallen on deaf ears reports the Thurrock Independent.
Now staff member Jan Lloyd Wright has taken to social media to express the sadness of her and colleagues, who will lose their jobs when the surgery closes in the new year.
She says:”It is with deep regret and sadness, but myself Sue and Julie want to thank all our patients who signed the petition (that Helen Tarrant and Paula Mills set up) and who came to the meeting in Corringham library to try to save Ash Tree Surgery from closure, sadly it was not to be.
“Over the years we have got to know our patient like family, we will miss all the little chats, telling us about new additions to your family, your holiday adventures and even every day thing like what you was going to have for dinner! also sad times when a loved one passed away.
“We would like to thank you all for your kind messages and lovely gifts, we are devastated we didn’t win the battle, 11 January will be a very sad day for Ash Tree Surgery, also for the rest of SS17!
“We sincerely hope you all have a very happy Christmas and a happy healthy 2019. Love from Jan, Sue and Julie.”