Two practices in Sunderland have applied to merge into one practice to ensure their future sustainability to deliver high quality and safe primary health care to their patients.  Both practices are based in Riverview Health Centre in Sunderland: Dr Nathan, and Dr Bhate and El-Shakankery.

All patients over the age of 18 have been contacted to take part in a survey. In addition, two information sessions have taken place.

Please find letters sent out to patients below:

Riverview-Health-Centre—GP-merger-report-Jan-2018

Information sheet

Dr Nathan merger letter

Dr Bhate and Dr El-Shakankery merger letter

On 22 February 2018, a decision was made at the Sunderland CCG Primary Care Commissioning Committee to merge both GP practices. The two practices merged on 2 April 2018 into one practice, and will be called Dr Bhate and Partners.