GP led health centre contract is signed

Posted on April 26, 2009. Filed under: GP-led health centres, Press/News Releases, Providers | Tags: |

Worcestershire PCT | Press Release | 26 March 2009

Health chiefs at Worcestershire Primary Care Trust and the directors of the
company appointed to run the county’s new GP-led Health Centre have
sealed the deal this week by signing the official contract.
The PCT announced in December that Elgar Healthcare – a consortium of
local GPs – had been named as the preferred bidder to run the new centre
due to open in August 2009.
When the centre, which will be located in Farrier Street, Worcester, opens, it
will mean that anyone can access GP appointments without having to be
registered, bringing health and wellbeing to people with busy, active lives who
can’t necessarily always find time to attend their own GP practice.
The GP-led Health Centre will be open from 8 am till 8 pm all 365 days of the
year, providing all usual General Practice services for all members of the
community with an emphasis on improving access to those sections of the
population who tend to access services poorly.
Helping people stay well and healthy is a key priority for all working in
the new Health Centre and some of these services will also be provided in
other parts of the City.
Brian Hanford, Director of Finance at Worcestershire PCT, said: “This
exciting development is part of our overall strategy dedicated to the
improvement of access to primary care services. We are delighted to be in
partnership with Elgar Healthcare and look forward to working with them in the
delivery of primary care services, which will include the opportunity to see a
GP without a prior appointment.”
Dr Adam Thompson, Director of Elgar Healthcare Limited, said: “Having
completed contract signature, we are looking forward to working with the
PCT to deliver an innovative way of delivering General Practice.
“Our company has been formed by local doctors, and we anticipate that
our local knowledge and expertise will assist us in delivering a high quality
service, which can focus on the health needs of our local community.
“The service aims to provide appointments for people for busy lives who may
not normally get to see their own GP with routine problems, rather than
supplement the Primary Care Out of Hours Service, and is therefore designed
to be complimentary to existing General Practice Surgeries in the county
which already have high standards of care delivery.
“The centre will also focus on attracting groups in the community to
whom healthcare has not always reached out to for a variety of reasons.
We also aim to bring additional health education and screening to the
community as the service develops.”
ENDS
For further information contact
• Rebecca Bourne, Communications Manager, on 01905 760020 or 07775
816420 or email rebecca.bourne@worcspct.nhs.uk
• Tom Grove, Communications Officer, on 01905 733734 or 07501 484255
or email tom.grove@worcspct.nhs.uk

Health chiefs at Worcestershire Primary Care Trust and the directors of the company appointed to run the county’s new GP-led Health Centre have sealed the deal this week by signing the official contract.

The PCT announced in December that Elgar Healthcare – a consortium of local GPs – had been named as the preferred bidder to run the new centre due to open in August 2009.

When the centre, which will be located in Farrier Street, Worcester, opens, it will mean that anyone can access GP appointments without having to be registered, bringing health and wellbeing to people with busy, active lives who can’t necessarily always find time to attend their own GP practice.

The GP-led Health Centre will be open from 8 am till 8 pm all 365 days of the year, providing all usual General Practice services for all members of the community with an emphasis on improving access to those sections of the population who tend to access services poorly.

Helping people stay well and healthy is a key priority for all working in the new Health Centre and some of these services will also be provided in other parts of the City.

Brian Hanford, Director of Finance at Worcestershire PCT, said: “This exciting development is part of our overall strategy dedicated to the improvement of access to primary care services. We are delighted to be in partnership with Elgar Healthcare and look forward to working with them in the delivery of primary care services, which will include the opportunity to see a GP without a prior appointment.”

Dr Adam Thompson, Director of Elgar Healthcare Limited, said: “Having completed contract signature, we are looking forward to working with the PCT to deliver an innovative way of delivering General Practice.

“Our company has been formed by local doctors, and we anticipate that our local knowledge and expertise will assist us in delivering a high quality service, which can focus on the health needs of our local community.

“The service aims to provide appointments for people for busy lives who may not normally get to see their own GP with routine problems, rather than supplement the Primary Care Out of Hours Service, and is therefore designed to be complimentary to existing General Practice Surgeries in the county which already have high standards of care delivery.

“The centre will also focus on attracting groups in the community to whom healthcare has not always reached out to for a variety of reasons.

We also aim to bring additional health education and screening to the community as the service develops.”

ENDS

For further information contact

• Rebecca Bourne, Communications Manager, on 01905 760020 or 07775

816420 or email rebecca.bourne@worcspct.nhs.uk

• Tom Grove, Communications Officer, on 01905 733734 or 07501 484255

or email tom.grove@worcspct.nhs.uk

Worcestershire PCT appoints Elgar Healthcare to run new GP-led health centre

Worcestershire PCT | Press Release | 23 December 2008

Worcestershire PCT is pleased to announce the preferred bidder who has today been appointed to manage and run a GP-Led Health Centre in Worcester.

The PCT had interest from a number of potential providers and Elgar Healthcare has been selected following a rigorous selection process The PCT is now working with Elgar Healthcare Limited -a company founded by local GPs – to develop new ways of providing healthcare services in Worcestershire.

The GP-led Health Centre will be situated in Farrier Street, Worcester and is due to open by July 2009.

When it opens, it will mean that anyone can use the health centre without having to be registered and will focus on bringing health and wellbeing to people with busy, active lives who can’t necessarily always find time to attend their own GPpractice.

The GP-led Health Centre will be open from 8 am till 8 pm all 365 days of the year, providing all usual General Practice services for all members of the community with an emphasis on improving access to those sections of the population who tend to access services poorly. Helping people stay well and healthy is a key priority for all working in the new Health Centre and some of these services will also be delivered\provided in other parts of the City.

Paul Bates, Chief Executive of Worcestershire PCT said: “This is a very exciting development which is part of our overall strategy to improve the public’s access to primary care services. Our other major initiative is to encourage GP practices to provide extended hours and many local practices are now submitting proposals to do so.

“We will be working very closely with Elgar Healthcare to make sure that our first GP-led Health Centre is a major success and responds properly to the public’s wishes for more convenient services, including the ability to drop in without an appointment.”

Dr Adam Thompson, Director of Elgar Healthcare Limited said: ” My co-director, Dr Charlie Harris, and I are delighted that the PCT has given us the opportunity to work with them to deliver this new service for Worcestershire.

“Our company is founded from South Worcestershire GPs all keen to build upon the high quality General Practice already delivered in Worcestershire, who see this as an exciting new way to complement existing services.

“We aim to work closely with the PCT to utilise this centre to help improve the health outcomes of those in our community who access health services poorly, to assist in delivering healthcare to an expanding University population, while at the same time improving access for all of our population to General Practice services”.

Ends

For further information contact Rebecca Bourne, Communications Manager, on 01905

760020 or (07775) 816420

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