CAMPAIGNERS fear Brighton and Hove could be heading for a GP crisis as it emerged the eighth surgery in two years is to close.
The Ridgeway Surgery in Woodingdean is to shut in October following the decision of its two GPs to retire.
It means more than 2,000 patients on the surgery’s list will have to move to another practice.
There are fears the closure will put services under even more pressure.
In January, Lewes Road surgery in Brighton announced it was closing after its GP retired.
In 2015 Eaton Place practice in Kemp Town shut after its two GPs decided to retire, leaving 5,600 patients in need of a new surgery.
Later that year the Care Quality Commission closed Goodwood Court in Hove after raising safety concerns following an inspection.
This meant 9,600 patients on its books had to be moved to another practice.
Last year the privately run group The Practice said it was pulling out of its contract to run GP services leaving 9,700 patients from surgeries in Whitehawk Road, North Street, Willow House in Bevendean and Hangleton Manor needing new GPs.
Healthwatch Brighton and Hove chief executive David Liley said: “This may be a small practice but this closure is going to be difficult and inconvenient for patients.
“How many more practices can close in the city before the system stops being viable?
Full story at The Argus, 28 June 2017