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Robert Westgate, of Brunswick House, said this was largely due to problems getting enough GPs, with a shortage of new recruits coming through and many existing doctors approaching retirement age.“We have got a shortage in the workforce and the traditional approach is not sustainable,” he explained.Although this is a UK-wide problem, GP numbers across the three Carlisle practices are below the national average.

Alan Edwards, of St Paul’s Medical Centre, explained that patients often struggle to get an appointment that suits.“We recognise that for many of our patients it can be very difficult accessing healthcare.We feel it too – at the moment we can’t provide the service we would like to,” he said.However, they are stressing they will remain in their existing surgeries rather than moving into a single building – and patients will still be able to see their GP.The new practice – which is just awaiting approval from NHS England – will be the biggest in Cumbria.

There will be the equivalent of 16 full-time GPs working across a total of five buildings, including existing satellite surgeries.Senior doctors say they have taken the decision due to ever-growing challenges meeting the needs of patients, believing that combining resources will benefit everyone.Outer Stats is here to display any thing is needed for We will show you Cumbria value, date of creation, location, hosted server, local language and estimated data - The estimated data is a special algorithm built by us to demonstrate worth.From left, Dr Alan Edwards, of St Paul's Medical Centre, Yvonne Craig, practice manager at Brunswick Street Medical Group, Dr Robert Westgate, of Brunswick Street Medical Group and Anna Sives, practice manager at North Carlisle Medical Practice Three GP surgeries in Carlisle are pushing ahead with merger plans, with a date now firmly set for the shake-up.As of October 1, the Brunswick House, St Paul’s and North Carlisle practices will officially become a single “super practice”.Under the new name of Carlisle Healthcare, it will serve a total of 38,000 patients across the city.