We regret to inform all our patients that Dr Gibbs is moving to Gauteng to complete his specialisation in Anaesthesiology from January 2019. His practice will permanently close down on the 31st December 2018, but Dr Gibbs will effectively stop consulting from the Saturday the 22nd December 2018.
We would have liked to have informed all our patients much earlier and it is most unfortunate that many patients have heard rumors of leaving prior to our official notice. There have been numerous factors that have influenced this, mainly:
The implications for all of us are large, and effectively our patients will need to find a new GP on the South Coast from January 2019. The landlord is likely still going to try and occupy the building with a doctor in the new year. As it stands, Dr Gibb’s practice is closing down.
Dr Gibbs has a significant responsibility for all the patient files. Currently all medical records are digital, but we still have all the old physical files. The practice is only allowed to distribute doctors’ notes to a nominated doctor. The physical file and the digital file will be distributed to your nominated doctor on request. Please be calm, patient and respectful to the process.
All patients have 6 months to complete this process after which the files will be stored and the cost of retrieving the file on request will be on the patient. Please try and complete this process during the next 2 weeks of December while we are still in the rooms. From January 2019 communication will only be through the practice email … firstname.lastname@example.org …. For patients to request files to be sent to a nominated doctor. One of our staff members may still be available to distribute the physical files over the next 6 months (this is still to be confirmed).
We would like to thank you all for your support of the last 2 years. Circumstances have pushed us to leave to specialise and this is effectively the end of an era. We apologise for the inconvenience but we have tried our best to obtain a doctor for the practice. We wish you all good health and all the best in the future. The practice remains open until the 31st December, but we will no longer consult from the 22nd December.
Dr Mark Gibbs
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