Contracts being finalised for new health centres and GP practices in Newcastle and North Tyneside

Posted on April 6, 2009. Filed under: GP-led health centres, News stories, Providers | Tags: , , |

NHS North of Tyne | Press Release | 6 February 2009

Contracts are being finalised for two new GP-led health centres in Newcastle and North Tyneside and an additional two new GP practices in Newcastle, representing a multi-million pound investment in local health services.

Subject to the signing of the contracts, the successful bidders, all currently providing NHS services in Newcastle and North Tyneside, will develop the new facilities which should be up and running by April 2009 or soon afterwards.

In Newcastle, the arrangements are as follows:

GP-led health centre for Blakelaw/Cowgate to be developed by the Freeman Clinic Ltd (comprising Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and Norprime, representing GPs practising in North Tyneside) on Ponteland Road (next to the Aldi supermarket)

Walker GP practice to be developed by Freeman Clinic Ltd (comprising Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and Norprime, representing GPs practising in North Tyneside) in the Welbeck Road area

Scotswood/Benwell GP practice to be developed by Primary Care NE (comprising a group of Newcastle GPs and Northern Doctors Urgent Care who currently provide out of hours GP services across Newcastle, North Tyneside and Northumberland) – the location for this service is still under discussion.

In North Tyneside, the arrangements are as follows:

GP-led health centre for Battle Hill, and north of the Coast Road, Wallsend to be developed by Norprime Wallsend (comprising Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and Norprime, representing GPs practising in North Tyneside) off Battle Hill Drive.

The new health centres will each include a GP practice and will have walk-in services for minor injuries and minor illnesses open from 8am to 8pm seven days a week. They will also include a range of services including x- ray, ultrasound and echocardiography (heart tests). There will also be services to help people live healthier lifestyles.

Chris Reed, chief executive of Newcastle and North Tyneside primary care trusts and Northumberland Care Trust, said: “These new facilities are good news for people living in Newcastle and North Tyneside. They will provide better access to a range of GP and community health services and will mean many people can receive treatment in centres closer to their home rather than in hospital.

“The successful bidders are all health professionals currently providing services to local people who have come together to develop exciting plans for these new services.”

The development of the two new GP-led health centres and two new GP practices followed public consultation from May to August 2008. Feedback from the public and from key local organisations helped inform where the services should be located and also provided a lot of information about the kind of services people want to see in their local areas and about how these services should be provided.

Chris Reed added: “There has been substantial interest from local people and organisations in the development of these new facilities. We will be working closely with the successful bidders to make sure that there is good communication during the period of development and that the views of local people are taken into account as much as possible.”

A new GP-led health centre is also planned for Cramlington. Invitations to tender have recently been given to a number of organisations who have expressed an interest in developing this centre. It is expected that the contract will be let to the successful bidder by the end of March with services to start in December 2009.

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