East Leeds super surgery ‘shot in arm for patients’

Posted on June 8, 2009. Filed under: LIFT, News stories | Tags: , , , |

Cross Gates Today | Published Date: 04 February 2009 | Last Updated: 03 March 2009 7:34 AM

A long-awaited super surgery in east Leeds has finally opened, with bosses vowing to make it a success.

The doors to the new 365-days a year Shakespeare Medical Practice in Burmantofts opened on Monday, March 2, with the first patient being welcomed at 9am.

The development of the medical multiplex in Cromwell Mount – on the site of the former Burmantofts Health Centre – has seen much drama with months of discussions both private and public about its viability and its impact on existing surgeries. 

However healthcare chiefs insist it will offer a convenient and flexible healthcare service in an area where need is high. 

Burmantofts is one of the most deprived areas of the city and bosses say the location of the walk-in surgery fits well with NHS Leeds’ strategy for addressing health inequalities in the city and improving access for patients. 

Dr Damian Riley, Director of Primary Care for NHS Leeds said: “Having the flexibility to provide GP appointments and a walk-in service in one centre is really good news for people in Leeds. 

“It means that those who work in the city but are registered with a GP elsewhere can see a doctor or nurse conveniently, and near to their place of work. 

“It also gives greater access to GP services out of normal hours for local people and the flexibility to make doctors’ appointments early in the morning or later in the evening.” 

The new centre offers an extended walk-in surgery which will provide all the traditional GP services for registered patients. 

But vitally, people not registered with the practice will also be able to walk in off the street and get treatment for anything from sprains, coughs and headaches to burns, bites and rashes. 

The practice, run by Care UK Clinical Services Limited, will be open from 8am to 8pm every day. 

Plans for the new super surgery have not been without controversy and concern.

Last month, councillors on the city’s healthcare scrutiny panel vowed 
to monitor it and demanded an update a month after its opening to see how the service is working. 

And last year, 100 Leeds GPs wrote to the Yorkshire Evening Post, saying the new super surgeries formula could “destabilise” existing practices. 

Burmantofts is the third walk-in health centre in Leeds, joining the existing services at The Light and Leeds General Infirmary. 

Mark Hunt, managing director of Care UK Primary Care, said: “We are delighted to be opening a new Care UK health centre at Burmantofts. We are looking forward to providing a high standard of health and care to local people, which will be easy to access and tailored to their needs.”

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