Southampton patients to gain improved NHS access as GP-led Health Centre contract is awarded

Posted on June 12, 2009. Filed under: Arm's length providers, GP-led health centres, Press/News Releases | Tags: |

NHS Southampton City | News Release | 12 June 2009

NHS Southampton City can today announce that a contract has been awarded for a GP-led Health Centre at the Adelaide Health Centre, Millbrook*, to open in November 2009.

Provided by Southampton Community Healthcare, which has been awarded the contract, the GP-led health centre will offer a service for up to 6,000 registered patients and help to further increase extended GP opening hours available in the City. The service will be open from 8am-8pm, 7 days a week to ensure patients have even more access to healthcare professionals in Southampton.  


The GP-led Health Centre will also be offering services for unregistered patients, including walk-in services for those with long-term conditions and chronic health needs. Long-term conditions affect a high proportion of patients in the City including diabetes, respiratory illness and chronic heart disease.


Additionally, the GP-led Health Centre will help to tackle the specific health needs of the community in the area around Millbrook by providing services needed locally. These will address health and well-being issues such as alcohol misuse, sexual health, mild to moderate mental health issues and other health and social care issues which have been prioritised according to the specific needs of those living locally.


Bob Deans, Chief Executive for NHS Southampton City said: “I am delighted that we have secured a contract for the new practice at the Adelaide Health Centre. The service will further improve access to GP services in the City and also provide walk-in facilities, which is particularly valuable for those with chronic health needs and will target specific health issues affecting the local population. NHS Southampton’s is committed to improving the health and well-being of Southampton people and we will be helping to achieve this through the community-based health services at the Adelaide Health Centre.”


Bob continued: “Patients in Southampton will already be benefiting from the fact that over 80% of our GP practices are offering extended opening hours, and the new centre will add to this access to primary care.The Adelaide Health Centre is a new state of the art facility and will be the first significant step in NHS Southampton City’s strategy to improve health and healthcare services and help it to replace some of the out of date facilities in the City. I would like to congratulate Southampton Community Healthcare on securing this contract and I look forward to the service opening in November 2009.”


Dave Meehan, Joint Managing Director for Southampton Community Healthcare said “We are delighted that Southampton Community Healthcare have been awarded the contract to provide this service at the Adelaide Health Centre. The health centre will not only improve access to primary care for people in Southampton, but will also be complimented by a range of services on the site which will help to improve the care available in the local community.”


Dave continued: “The Adelaide Health Centre will be a significant NHS building in providing excellent, community-led care for the people of Southampton and the new practice will be an important factor in makingthis possible. It is always our aim to provide high quality and patient centred services to our patients in their community wherever possible. This facility will provide us with the opportunity to deliver services in the heart of the west of the City when the service opens its doors in November.”




Notes to editors:

  • * The Adelaide Health Centre, Millbrook is the new name for the building previously known as the Western Primary Care Delivery site and is based on the Western Community Hospital site. The Adelaide Health Centre is due to open in November 2009 and will benefit the local community by providing a wide variety of primary care services offering extended hours, seven days a week.
  • 83.3% of Southampton GP practices are currently offering extended opening hours for patients.
  • PCTs can enter APMS contracts with any individual or organisation that meets the provider conditions set out in Directions. This includes the independent sector, voluntary sector, not-for-profit organisations, NHS Trusts, other PCTs, Foundation Trusts, or even GMS and PMS practices. If PCTs contract with GMS / PMS practices via APMS, the practice would hold a separate APMS contract alongside their GMS / PMS contract
  • NHS Southampton City is responsible for investing in health and care services to effectively meet the needs of the City’s population.
  • Southampton Community Healthcare provides a range of community-based health services which enables patients to receive excellent quality care in the most appropriate setting.


For more information please contact Matthew Butler, Press Officer, on 023 8029 6930.


Southampton Community Healthcare

Southampton Community Healthcare (SCH) is the Provider arm of the PCT which provides community health services throughout Southampton and in parts of Hampshire.  SCH’s vision is to be the best provider of community healthcare services locally.

We are currently on the journey to become a separate organisation and our plans are outlined in our Integrated Business Plan for 2009-2014.  Southampton Community Healthcare (SCH) is proud to be the main provider of community health services to nearly a quarter of a million people in Southampton city.

We also deliver a range of services to neighbouring areas covered by Hampshire PCT and a further 335,000 people.

We employ around 2,000 staff (around 1,250 whole-time equivalents). For 2009/10 our forecast annual turnover is £82.6 million.


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