GP-LED HEALTH CENTRE OPENS AT WESTON GENERAL HOSPITAL

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

NHS North Somerset | Media Release | 26 March 2009

A new GP-led walk in centre at Weston General Hospital formally opens its doors to patients tomorrow (Friday 3 April).

The £1million Weston GP Healthcare Centre, which will be officially opened by NHS North Somerset Chairman Stephen Harrison, offers a full range of GP services to registered patients, and urgent care to anyone who wishes to use it, whether or not they are registered with a GP elsewhere.

Appointments will not be necessary and the centre will serve the needs of residents and holiday visitors like. It will also be a valuable additional service for the growing population of migrant workers in and around Weston.

The new centre is open for 12 hours a day, every day of the year. It plays an important role in providing improved access to comprehensive primary care services.

Later this summer the service will be extended to a new GP facility in Weston town centre. There will also be new GP practice opening in Worle, an area of high population growth and where existing practices have high list sizes.

NHS North Somerset announced plans for the two new health centres at the end of last year, in the wake of Health Minister Lord Darzi’s report on primary care which called on every PCT in England to establish a GP Led Health Centre, open for 12 hrs per day.

The Weston GP Healthcare Centre will provide the full range of primary health care services for people who have, in the past, found it difficult to register with a GP – for example through difficult and irregular working hours or because they were part of a travelling or migrant community.

NHS North Somerset Chief Executive Chris Born said: “This is great news for the people of Weston and Worle. We can now get down to delivering the new services which will improve access to first class family health care.

We are very pleased this will provide a better service to people who may not have been able to use a GP practice before.

“Anyone with an illness or symptoms about which they are concerned can simply walk in and see a GP or nurse, although fractures and other injuries will be dealt with at the nearby accident and emergency department at Weston General Hospital. People can also register with the centre and we anticipate that it will have a list of 2,500 registered
patients within five years.”

*** PHOTOCALL OPPORTUNITY ***
There will be an opportunity for filming at the centre, including interviews, and a photocall with the nursing and GP staff at the centre.

When: 3 April – time to be confirmed
Where: Weston GP Healthcare Centre, Weston General Hospital. On coming through the main hospital entrance, please bear to the right and follow the blue signs.

[ENDS]

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