A GP SURGERY is to close this summer.

St Luke’s Surgery in Longridge Avenue, Saltdean, does not have a permanent GP and Sussex Primary Care, which currently runs it, said that "after careful consideration" it has decided to give notice on its contract.

The surgery will close on Wednesday, June 1, and all its patients will automatically transfer to Saltdean and Rottingdean Medical Practice.

Both practices are in the same building, Grand Ocean Medical Centre in Longridge Avenue, meaning patients from St Luke’s will continue to receive care in the same place.

Patients will receive care from Saltdean and Rottingdean Medical Practice’s permanent doctors, and will have a choice of male and female GPs, “offering them improved access to services”.

A spokesman for Sussex NHS Commissioners, which oversees the running of the area’s practices, said: “From now until the transfer, patients will continue to be able to access appointments with the most appropriate professional for their health needs, with all patients’ medication needs supported throughout the process to ensure care is not affected.”

Those who currently receive care at St Luke’s surgery do not need to do anything, and will be automatically transferred to Saltdean and Rottingdean Medical Practice.