Sarah Vaux, Chief Nurse at Medway Clinical Commissioning Group, said:
“Following enforcement action at St Mary’s Island Surgery by the Care Quality Commission (CQC), Medway CCG has been working with Dr Stephen Lawrence, NHS England, the CQC and the Local Medical Committee (LMC) to improve patient care.
“Dr Lawrence has agreed to step down from the practice and a temporary alternative provider – DMC Healthcare – has been brought in to ensure services continue to be available for patients at St Mary’s Island Surgery.
“Patient safety and quality of care are of the utmost importance and we are doing everything possible to ensure this is maintained for people registered at the practice. Patients can call us if they have any concerns about their treatment. The number is 01634 335281 or email email@example.com. The helpline is available from 8am to 5pm.
“As well as making appointments at the surgery, patients can also obtain health advice from a pharmacy or by calling 111. They can also attend the walk-in centre at Balmoral Gardens.”