With effect from 26 August, Ocean Health Ltd will be unable to offer any further podiatry services. We are sorry for any inconvenience this might cause. We wish to thank all of our clients for their loyalty and support over the years.
The Directors and Staff also wish to thank the podiatrists (Maria and Paul) for their understanding and support in making this difficult decision and we hope to welcome them back in the not too distant future.
Why is this change necessary?
The past eighteen months have been very difficult in terms of delivering services in a safe and secure environment, but we felt it was important to continue providing services at a time when many other businesses were closed. Despite making a financial loss, we felt it was appropriate for our clients to continue having access to podiatry services throughout the pandemic and until the high street podiatry providers reopened.
Current workload in general practice has never been greater and the current workforce has never been so stretched. The relaxing of lockdown over the past several weeks has unleashed a huge desire for care, whether it is related to COVID-19 and its aftereffects, or the requests to address the physical and mental wellbeing of our patients. This has placed considerable pressure on the availability of rooms within Westbourne Medical Centre so the rooms currently used by Ocean Health Ltd will become clinical consulting rooms.
What are the long-term plans?
Ocean Health Ltd is not closing - we are simply pausing services to support Westbourne Medical Centre work through the increase in demand for healthcare and make available all suitable rooms and space within the building.
Providing an indication of when Ocean Health Ltd might realistically be in a position to restart services is simply impossible at this time. We will let our clients and patients of Westbourne Medical Centre and users of Poole Bay Pharmacy know as soon as we are in a position to restart services and will let you know how and when to book appointments.
We are sorry to have to make this announcement and we are grateful for your understanding.
Ocean Health Ltd