Practice Merger

Please note that we will be closing at 2:30pm on Monday 2nd October, we will re-open at 8:30am on Tuesday 3rd October. Please contact NHS 111 if you need medical help during this time

Following on from the patient information event held on 12th September, please see the Patient Questions & Answers form below explaining the Klinik system that will be used when we merge with The Adam Practice.

Dr Oxley and Dr Guduru explain the Klinik system

To watch a demo of how to use Klinik please visit

Please note that appointments booked for October will not be visible in the NHS app & online services during the merger of our clinical systems.

All existing booked appointments have been copied to the new system and will become visible on 3rd October.

Dr Oxley, GP Partner at The Adam Practice and Dr Guduru, GP Partner at Lifeboat Quay Medical Centre explain:

What does it mean when GP Practices merge?

FAQs Full video:

FAQ short videos:

What are some of the benefits of this merger to patients?

Will patients have to travel to different surgeries?

Will patients need to reregister?

Will opening times remain the same?

Will any of the current services be stopped?

Will the merger affect any ongoing treatment or medication?

Any registered patients are welcome to come and meet the team for a cuppa and chat about the merger between our two practices, The Adam Practice and Lifeboat Quay Medical Centre.

This is being held on Tuesday 12 September 2023, between 13.30-15.30 in Hall 1 at The Spire, High Street, Poole, Dorset, BH15 1DF.  Refreshments will be provided.

We will be running some demonstrations of the Klinik system and how this helps both patients and the practice.

GP Partners and staff from both practices, members of the Patient Participation Group and NHS Dorset will be on hand to discuss any worries or concerns you may have.

It would be helpful for us to know numbers of attendees, just so we can cater accordingly.  If you would like to attend, please email [email protected]

A set of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) can be found below:

We look forward to welcoming you on the day.

The Lifeboat Quay Partners have an exciting announcement to make.

Lifeboat Quay Medical Centre and The Adam Practice will be merging. This means that we will be one large practice of over 40,000 patients across 5 sites.

We would like to reassure you that there are no plans to close Lifeboat Quay Medical Centre site or to reduce clinical services. The merger will give us opportunity to combine our clinical experience and resources for the greater benefit of our patients. Dr Scott, Dr Guduru and Dr Pennell will continue to work at the Lifeboat Quay site for the foreseeable future.

As Partners, we are immensely proud of our team, and can assure you that patient and staff welfare are always at the forefront of any decision that we make.  We will work hard to ensure that the process of merger is as smooth as possible with minimised disruption to patients from The Adam Practice and Lifeboat Quay Medical Centre.

There is a clear push from NHS England to work as bigger GP surgeries and there have been numerous GP surgeries merging both nationwide and in Dorset. This means that we have lots of advice from others that have gone through the process and hope we can use their experience to make it as smooth as possible for everyone.

More information will be available soon and we will be engaging with patients and other services in due course. Please watch Social Media, this website or practice noticeboards for updates and how you can have your say.