SSP Health Awarded Longsight, Manchester

Posted on July 22, 2009. Filed under: Press/News Releases, Providers | Tags: |

SSP Health | News Release | NHS Manchester | 22 July 2009

A new GP surgery in Longsight is a step closer after NHS Manchester signed a contract for a service that could register up to 6,000 patients in the next five years.
SSP Health, a small organisation that runs a number of other NHS practices across the North West, has been awarded the contract following a tender process.  It is the latest landmark in NHS Manchester’s multi-million pound programme to offer patients more choice and flexibility in where and when they see a GP. 
Laura Roberts, Chief Executive of NHS Manchester, said: “This is good news as it means preparations can get underway for the new practice to open in Longsight early next year. “It is one of four brand new GP services we’re opening across the city to make it easier for people to access the NHS where and when they need it. “With most of the existing practices in Manchester having recently extended their opening hours, it should add up to a big improvement for patients.” 
SSP Health was established by husband and wife team Shikha and Sanjay Pitalia, both of whom are GPs, and runs several NHS surgeries across the North West.  SSP’s Chief Executive Stephanie Byrom said: “We’re delighted to be working with NHS Manchester to provide convenient, patient-centred care to people in and around Longsight. 
“The practice will put an emphasis on detecting health problems as early as possible so that our staff can treat them quickly and achieve the best result for patients.”   The Longsight practice is being set up as part of a national programme to improve the availaiblity of GP appointments in areas where it has been identified that better access to a doctor can help to improve public health. 
Details of the premises for the new Longsight practice have yet to be confirmed but an announcement will be made as soon as a site is agreed.
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