£1m health centre up and running

Posted on September 13, 2009. Filed under: GP-led health centres, News stories, Providers | Tags: , |

This is West Country | 13 September 2009

LOCAL MP David Laws officially opened South Somerset’s new £1million GP-Led Health Centre last week.

David Laws MP

David Laws MP

A consortium of local GPs, working under the name Pathways Health and Social Care Alliance, were awarded the contract to run the new service.

Dr Paul Scott, from the Hamdon Medical Practice, is the centre’s new medical director. The centre has been developed with £1million of support from central government grants.

The centre is based on the first floor of Boots in Yeovil town centre and will be open from 8am to 8pm every day of the year.

Any member of the public can access the centre, whether they live in Yeovil or not.

The health centre can help people with a wide range of medical conditions and services including stomach problems, skin complaints, blood pressure checks, injuries, women’s health issues and diagnostic tests.

Mr Laws said: “I was delighted to open the new health centre. This will help people who work in or around Yeovil but who live elsewhere – and who may want to access medical treatment during the working day.

“The new facility should help to boost primary care services in our area and ensure even more convenient access.”

New £1m walk-in health centre officially opens in Yeovil

This is the West Country | By Steve Sowden | 10 September 2009

A NEW £1-million NHS Walk-in Health Centre has been officially opened in Yeovil.

Pictured (from left) are David Laws MP, Boots' Paul Bennett; Dr George Nott-Bower, Chief Executive of Pathways Health & Social Care Alliance; and NHS Somerset chairman Jane Barrie

Pictured (from left) are David Laws MP, Boots' Paul Bennett; Dr George Nott-Bower, Chief Executive of Pathways Health & Social Care Alliance; and NHS Somerset chairman Jane Barrie

Known as the ‘Yeovil Health Centre’ the new walk-in facility is funded by NHS Somerset and is conveniently located on the first floor of the Boots store in Middle Street, Yeovil.

The health centre is open from 8am until 8pm and for all 365 days of the year.

At the official opening on Tuesday, Yeovil MP David Laws was joined by staff from the centre, including its medical director Dr Paul Scott, the chairman of NHS Somerset, Jane Barrie, and the chief executive of NHS Somerset, Ian Tipney.

Since opening on August 12 the health centre has already seen over 1,000 patients.

Doctors at the centre are able to offer help to people with anything from coughs, colds and flu to emergency contraception and minor injuries.

One of the most popular and convenient aspects of the new health centre is its ‘walk-in’ access to health advice and treatment. Members of the public can also register with the centre if they wish and receive the same high quality of service they would receive from any GP practice.

The medical team at the new Yeovil NHS Walk-in Health Centre, located on the first floor of Boots, in Middle St, Yeovil

The medical team at the new Yeovil NHS Walk-in Health Centre, located on the first floor of Boots, in Middle St, Yeovil

The centre’s medical director, Dr Paul Scott, said: “NHS Somerset has asked for a very high level of quality of service for the people of Somerset.

“We believe that we can deliver this and more. We can do this because of the unique combination of local GP involvement and the introduction of new ways of providing care.

“Our services are open and available for everyone, particularly those that find it difficult to get to see their usual doctor.

“Being open 8am-8pm weekends for walk-in patients as well as on weekdays will be a great help for existing hospital Accident & Emergency and GP Out of Hours Services.

“Pathways Health & Social Care Alliance and its staff look forward to fulfilling this substantial role for the people of Somerset.”

Chief executive of NHS Somerset, Ian Tipney, said: “NHS Somerset has commissioned the GP led Health Centre following a competitive tendering exercise. “The new health service, which will be run by local GPs, will provide comprehensive access for Primary Care Services seven days a week.

“The centre is available to all Somerset residents and visitors and will provide enhanced services for the Yeovil area.

“We are delighted to see this new facility open and commend the local GPs for all their hard work in making this happen.”

Commenting on behalf of Boots, Tricia Kennerley, group healthcare public affairs director of Alliance Boots, said: “We are extremely excited to have extended our portfolio of in-store GP surgeries, with the opening of our tenth NHS GP practice in our Yeovil store.

“Our customers have welcomed the new GP services provided in other stores and we have already received positive feedback from our patients here in Middle Street.

“Together with our NHS partners in Yeovil, we look forward to continuing to offer even more convenient and accessible healthcare provision to the local population.”

The new NHS Yeovil Health Centre’s telephone number is 01935 709269 or further information is available from the centre’s website which can be located by clicking on the link in our “related articles” section.

The new GP Led Health Centre in Yeovil has been developed with a £1-million pound investment from national government.

After an extensive period of public consultation, NHS Somerset undertook a competitive tendering process for the new service earlier this year. A consortium of local GPs, working under the name ‘Pathways Health and Social Care Alliance’, were awarded the contract and will now manage and operate the new service.

The Yeovil Health Centre is able to offer help to people with general illnesses such as.

* Coughs, colds and flu-like symptoms.

* Stomach ache, indigestion, constipation, vomiting and diarrhoea.

* Skin complaints – rashes, sunburn and head lice.

Health Promotion: Information on staying healthy and health promotion; blood pressure checks; support for stopping smoking, alcohol and street drugs.

Women’s Health: Women’s health problems, thrush and menstrual advice; contraceptive services – advice, coil insertion, Implanon insertion.

Injuries: Minor cuts and wounds – dressings and care; muscle and joint injuries – strains and sprains.

Diagnostic Tests: Sexual health – chlamydia testing; blood tests requested by your doctor or hospital.

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