Proposed Merger Consultation

Eaton Socon Health Centre and Cedar House Surgery are starting a formal consultation about the possibility of merging our patient lists to create one practice.

The merged practice would continue to operate from the existing Eaton Socon Health Centre sites, Cedar House Surgery, and Dumbelton Medical Centre.

The reasons why we would like to merge our patient lists are as follows: In January 2018, our Practices became part of Lakeside Healthcare. Lakeside Healthcare also operates surgeries in Corby, Kettering, Stamford, Rushden, Yaxley and Oundle and together we cover a combined population of just over 170,000 patients. Since January we have been working closely together and identifying ways to deliver new and innovative services for our 25,000 patients in St. Neots.

While our patient lists remain separate, our St. Neots patients are unable to take advantage of the wider range of services that we could offer within the town or the wider range of clinicians available at each of our St Neots sites.

The aims of our merger are therefore to:-

  • Improve the range and quality of services available to all of our St Neots patients through primary care services built around the needs of our population.
  • Improve patient choice while retaining the ability for you to see your own GP or the same member of our clinical team.
  • Improve access to healthcare services and to offer extended opening hours that support the needs of our patients.
  • Offer more tailored care to patients with long-term medical conditions.
  • Offer a new same day service for patients with more urgent medical needs and an improved home visiting service.
  • Support new ways of working within the NHS such as the GP Five Year Forward plan and local Sustainability and Transformation Plans.

Click here for FAQs and Answers on the formal consultation and proposed merger.


Next Steps – we would like to hear your views

We have written to every household with patients currently registered with Cedar House Surgery and Eaton Socon Health Centre to ask their views by completing a short survey. Your feedback in this survey will be used to help us make a decision and to ensure that we provide a service that meets your needs.

“We really would encourage all of our patients to let us know their views on the proposed merger of our practices. The merger would see a number of advantages for our patients including access to a wider range of healthcare professionals, and may include extended opening hours and care closer to home. This is an exciting time for the development of healthcare in the St Neots area and this merger would allow us to develop the already high quality care that we provide for our patients.”

Dr Robin Baxter, Partner at Cedar House Surgery, St Neots

Information Events

Several Inforation events took place in August, thank you to everyone who was able to attend.  Please click here to view the presentation that was given at the events.


There are several ways you can provide your feedback:-

  • By completing the survey online:

Please click here to complete the online survey

  • By completing a paper copy of the survey at your Practice. There is a designated box in each Practice for you to place your completed survey.

The closing date for feedback is 30th September and we look forward to hearing your views.

If you would like any help with understanding the contents of this document, please contact by email at, or click here for FAQs.