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Jason Noble

Suffolk Local Democracy Reporter

An Ipswich GPs' surgery serving 4,000 people is to close at the end of the year because it can't recruit enough doctors to cover all the appointments.

The Landseer Road surgery, run by the Chesterfield Drive practice five miles away on the other side of town, is operating with a reduced capacity and will shut in December.

Landseer Road surgery

The GPs are due to comment in detail on the closure later, but a statement on its website said services were being gradually reduced and patients not wishing to move to the Chesterfield Drive surgery should register with another practice before the end of the year.

Liz Harsant, borough councillor for the area, said she was "shocked" after learning of the closure from a Suffolk County Council health scrutiny committee report and said more should be done to keep the practice open as it would put pressure on other surgeries in the area.

Andy Yacoub, Healthwatch Suffolk chief executive, said: "We understand that some patients registered at Landseer Road are already using Chesterfield Drive Surgery and information had been provided about alternatives."