STRUCTURE: Chesterfield Royal Hospital Foundation Trust has taken on the management of a fourth GP practice.

The trust said on Tuesday it would be partnering with Blue Dykes Surgeries in Clay Cross and Grassmoor for a trial period of six months.

After this the practice will have the option to become a permanent partner of the trust’s primary care branch, Royal Primary Care.

The trust already runs three surgeries covering a population of 20,000. Taking on Blue Dkyes would bring this number to more than 30,000. 

It took over all GP services at three local surgeries under “exceptional circumstances” last year.

A trust statement said it would be “business as usual” for patients registered at the practice.

As reported earlier this month, the Chesterfield trust is one of seven in Yorkshire forming a new federation board to help accelerate new care model changes in acute care.

Tony Campbell, acting chief executive of Chesterfield Royal, said: “Like many GP practices across the country, Blue Dykes is running with a limited number of GPs because fewer doctors are choosing to train in primary care medicine.

“Through this partnership Royal Primary Care will provide additional support, to enable the GPs to focus on patient care and clinical leadership and to take these new ways of working forward.”