DOCTORS who were accused of trying to shut down a village surgery ‘by stealth’ are due to reveal their possible plans for the practice.

Skerne Medical Group (SMG) made headlines last year after applying to shut its clinics in Trimdon Village and Fishburn.

Medical group reveals plans to shut Trimdon Village and Fishburn surgeries

This was prompted by recruitment concerns, but while health bosses agreed with the case for closing Trimdon Village they said Fishburn should stay open.

Next month, patients will be asked to give their views on proposals for its three remaining sites, which also include Trimdon Colliery and Sedgefield.

Durham County Councillor Jude Grant, who represents Trimdon and Thornley said:

“I hope for the sake of vulnerable patients Skerne seriously consider the viable option of a new purpose built medical centre in Trimdon Village to ensure the people of the Trimdons are provided with the primary care they need and deserve.”

SMG previously put downsizing plans out to consultation last year.

On Wednesday, the group revealed it has five proposals for its future, but is yet to release further details. Public meetings will be held between July 9 and August 12.

Bosses say an overhaul is needed to guarantee the ‘long-term viability of the practice’.

Practice partner Dr Christine Hearmon said: “We were grateful for the input of patients during the public engagement process last year.

“As we outlined at the time, we have been facing a perfect storm and our priority at all times has been to ensure sustainable medical care for our existing 15,500 patients, and those who are likely to swell these numbers because of significant local housing developments.”