CHRISTCHURCH Medical Practice (CMP) has ended speculation surrounding a take-over of its branch in Burton.

Rumours circulating on social media and among residents suggested CMP had refused to engage with another GP practice which was keen to take over the site in Salisbury Road.

But in a message shared with patients, CMP insisted this was “incorrect information”, stating there had been “no offer to buy the property from another GP”.

As reported, CMP is due to close its Burton surgery as part of merger plans, which will see all services moved to its Orchard and Barn surgeries in Purewell.

With the Burton surgery set to vacate on August 30, the site has already been eyed up for use by Priory Veterinary Group.

The veterinary practice has submitted a planning application requesting a change of use for the building to facilitate its relocation.

Priory Veterinary Group currently operate from two linked houses in PurewellPriory Veterinary Group currently operate from two linked houses in Purewell (Image: Google Maps)

But after the application was made public, The Daily Echo was told by a number of residents that South Coast Medical Group had also expressed interest in the branch premises.

CMP clarified this in a social media post on Monday evening, and said: “The team at Christchurch Medical Practice have been made aware of incorrect information circulating on social media about our branch GP surgery located in Burton.

“We want to make it clear that there has been no offer to buy the property from another GP practice, and the owners of the property are now going through usual processes to sell as a commercial property.

"The building is privately owned, and the terms of the sale will remain private until the process is complete.

"We will, of course, keep registered patients up to date with any progress about the closure of the site and until that time, access to general practice services will remain the same.

Burton surgery in Salisbury Road, BurtonBurton surgery in Salisbury Road, Burton (Image: Google Maps)

"Access to high quality primary care services remains our key focus and we want to work with the local population and NHS colleagues as this year progresses to ensure a smooth transition ahead of this site closing, as such we would ask people not to speculate or continue to spread incorrect information as this can create confusion.”

The Daily Echo contacted South Coast Medical Group for a comment but had not received a response at the time of publication.

CMP said it had nothing to add to the comment published on its social media.