A group of patients are to contest the closure of a general medical practice which serves thousands of people in Soho. The surgery with Dr Stephen Chee-Kin Cheung and Dr Louis Daniel Brassey on the first floor at the Soho Square Centre for Health & Care at Frith Street has been given notice that it will be closed at the end of this September.
Fitzrovia News understands that the a decision to close the GP practice has been taken by the NHS and that patients will be formally told about the closure in a letter to be sent out next week. None of the other services at Soho Square Centre for Health & Care are affected. The surgery also serves residents in Fitzrovia and the Chinese community.
According to a campaign leaflet sent out to community organisations patients have not been consulted and the doctors only learned of the closure from a neighbouring practice that had been asked if they would take on some of the 4,500 patients. Some of the patients affected have started a campaign and arranged a public meeting to discuss how best to contest the withdrawal of this vital community service. A representative from the NHS has been asked to attend to answer patients’ questions.
The campaign has the support of the Soho Society, the Covent Garden Community Association, Westminster LGBT Forum, the Chinese Community Centre, St. Anne’s Church, and Soho Parish School.
Patients of the Soho Square General Practice are invited to come to the meeting on Thursday 3 July at 6.30pm, at Soho Parish School, 23 Great Windmill Street, London W1D 7LF.