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Nottingham practice forced to close

Thousands of patients in Nottingham are being asked to find a new GP practice after a landlord ordered doctors and staff to leave the building for legal reasons.

Staff had known about the closure of the Phoenix Practice for several months. No jobs will be lost as part of the closure as staff are expected to be moved to other practices around the city.

"We weren't surprised, but it's never nice to hear about the final chop," said practice manager Sue Whiteman, who said that there had been no reported problems for elderly patients as there is another practice nearby.

The director of delivery and performance at NHS Nottingham City, Michelle Rhodes, said: "Unfortunately, despite ongoing negotiations with the landlord, we have been unable to agree a satisfactory way forward for patients at this current address."

"There are around 2,000 patients registered at the Phoenix Practice. We are very sorry for the inconvenience caused to them by this situation, but we are confident that this process will be as smooth as possible and people will still have good access to high quality local health services," Ms Rhodes added.

For legal reasons, the primary care trust declined to comment on the landlord`s decision.

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