It’s Full Steam-Ahead for GP-Led Health Centre

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

Wandsworth PCT | Press Releases | 26 August 2009

Planning permission for the new GP-led health centre, scheduled to open in spring 2010, has been given the go ahead by Wandsworth Borough Council. Situated right next door to the Clapham Junction Station entrance, on Grant Road, this state of the art centre will be constructed in a very convenient location for people living in the Battersea and north Wandsworth, particularly its younger population, not registered with a GP or finding it difficult to fit appointments into their busy lifestyles.

A change of use planning application was submitted to the Council in May 2009, outlining proposals to redevelop five railway arches. Currently used as storage, over the next six to eight months this space spanning over 500 square metres, will be transformed into a contemporary, purpose built medical centre. 

With a wide range of services for both registered and unregistered patients, the centre operated by Care UK will open from 8am to 8pm, seven days a week, including all bank holidays. It will offer bookable and walk-in appointments, diagnostic testing and treatments for minor illnesses and injuries. It will also provide additional GP registration capacity in the area for up to 6,000 new patients.

Graham Mackenzie, Director of Commissioning, NHS Wandsworth said: “Based in the heart of a busy residential and commuter area, the new service could not have been placed in a better location. The GP led-health centre will significantly extend the healthcare options open to people living and working in Battersea and north Wandsworth. Not only complementing existing GP provision, including the 12 GP surgeries already offering increased opening hours in the area, the centre also allows us to provide the additional services local residents told us they wanted as part of their response to the Battersea and north Wandsworth consultation.” 

In May 2009, Care UK, who will be supported by AT Medics were awarded a five year contract to run the GP-led health centre. This contract will be reviewed regularly to ensure levels of patient satisfaction remain high and the provider consistently meets and maintains a range of targets, known as Key Performance Indicators (KPI). 

Working in close partnership with these two organisations means NHS Wandsworth and local residents will benefit from Care UK’s vast experience of setting up and running similar centres across the country, as well as AT Medics’ extensive clinical and healthcare knowledge of the south west London area.

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