Provider announced for new GP-led healthcare centre in Kirklees

Posted on July 30, 2009. Filed under: GP-led health centres, Press/News Releases |

NHS Kirklees | News | 8 February 2009

A new 8am to 8pm, all-year-round GP-led healthcare practice which opens in March in Dewsbury will be run by Local Care Direct (LCD), one of the country’s largest community-owned health organisations.

Following a tender process, NHS Kirklees has awarded a contract to LCD to run the practice which will include a range of GP services. The School House Practice at Dewsbury Health Centre will provide a much-needed new GPNHS service in an area of the district which is already stretched in terms of GP services.

The new practice which is due to open on 1st March, will give local people better access to GPs and other healthcare professionals.  There are approximately 58,469 people living in Dewsbury. Currently, 33 GPs work in 14 practices in the area. The average number of patients per GP practice in Dewsbury is 2,484 compared to other parts of Kirklees where it is 1,935

The new developments will provide three aspects of care:

  • a ‘traditional’ GP practice for registered patients
  • booked appointments for non-registered patients from across the Kirklees area who find it convenient to attend the new Dewsbury practice
  • the ability to see a doctor or other health professional without an appointment for both registered and non-registered patients

A wide range of services will be available at the surgery including, among others, child health services, screening, vaccination and healthy living and support services.

These extended access services will complement the existing GP services and GP out-of-hours services in the area.

For unregistered patients, the practice will give fast access to health advice and treatment and can be used by anyone on a drop-in basis. This service will work closely with local health services, including local primary care teams, as well as voluntary organisations and social services.

Dr David Anderson, a local GP and Chair of the Professional Executive Committee at NHS Kirklees said: “This development will provide an opportunity to bring more GP services to Dewsbury. Up to 3000 patients will be able to register at the School House Practice and, with the extended opening hours, they will have a greater choice of appointment times than ever before.  This is consistent with the NHS Kirklees strategic priorities which include making sure that services are available as close as possible to people’s homes and encouraging new and innovative ways of delivering services that offer choice and are easily accessed.

“I believe the best place for someone to receive care is from their own GP, who knows them best and who has their detailed medical record to hand. However, in some cases, people may find it hard to get to their own GP, so the additional service for unregistered patients will offer them the opportunity to receive care when they might otherwise have struggled to do so.”

Emma Wilson, Chief Executive of Local Care Direct, said: “This is a great opportunity for us. We already work closely with NHS Kirklees, having provided out of hours and other services in the area for the last four years. As a community owned organisation, our job is to put patients first and we have a dedicated team which is really looking forward to the challenge of providing a wide range of additional health services at the new centre.”

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