Assurance over new health centre

Posted on September 30, 2009. Filed under: GP-led health centres, News stories, Press/News Releases, Providers | Tags: |

Scarborough Evening News | North Yorkshire & York PCT | East Riding of Yorkshire PCT |  30 September 2009

SCARBOROUGH’S new “Darzi” health centre will ensure patients continue to receive the best possible care without affecting existing GP services in the town.

That was the message in a public meeting at The Christian (Oasis) Centre where more than 30 people attended to give their views on the controversial walk-in clinic.

The extended hours centre opens tomorrow at 8am at the temporary base of the Castle Clinic in Auborough Street, which is part of the Rainbow Centre.

The 8am to 8pm centre will eventually move to the former Scarborough Building Society premises in York Place, offering services to support drug and alcohol users and the homeless as well as giving people the chance to register with a GP.

Scarborough GP Dr David Ames was asked in the meeting how the centre would deal with violent patients and attract new people.

He said: “Sometimes patients are difficult because they find access to services difficult but I don’t expect we will be looking at a lot of patients and if we can arrange better access for them we may be able to solve the problem.

“We expect patients to come to us through word of mouth and to a large extent the majority of people will find us.”

He said the centre could extend specialist services included mental health and sexual health services.

Public Meeting: Opening of extended GP services in Scarborough

Media Release | North Yorkshire & York PCT | 15 September 2009

 

Date: Monday 28 September, 7pm – 8:30pm (doors open at 6:45pm)
Venue: The Christian (Oasis) Centre, Castle Road/Oxford Street, Scarborough, YO11 9AG
Who: Everyone is welcome to attend this meeting
In the run-up to the launch of the new extended GP services for Scarborough on 1 October, NHS North Yorkshire and York is holding a public meeting to give local residents and organisations the opportunity to find out more about what will be provided and how their views have been taken onboard.
The meeting will be held on Monday 28 September from 7pm to 8:30pm at the Christian (Oasis) Centre in Scarborough. Following a short welcome from independent Chair Cllr Gareth Dadd (Chair of the North Yorkshire Overview and Scrutiny of Health Committee), presentations will be given from senior representatives from NHS North Yorkshire and York, Echo Access Limited and Coast and Moors Voluntary Action with an open question and answer session at the end.
The original plan for providing extended GP services, which includes a walk-in GP appointment facility provided seven days a week from 8am – 8pm, was to open the centre on York Place in Scarborough town centre. However, following the discovery of asbestos in the building, a decision was made to temporarily provide the services
from Castle Health Centre on Auborough Street until the asbestos has been safely removed allowing building works to commence.
David Cockayne, Director of Strategy for NHS North Yorkshire and York said: “The proposal to provide extended GP services in Scarborough has generated much interest from local residents so this is a great opportunity for them to come and hear how their views have been taken onboard.
“A significant amount of work has gone into getting to this stage and we are confident that these services will help to address some of the health inequalities in the area, albeit being provided from a temporary location to begin with.
“I would personally urge anyone with an interest in the new services to come along to the meeting to find out more.”
The contract to provide extended GP services was awarded to a group of local GPs, known as Echo Access Limited, earlier this year. Clinical Director for Echo Access Limited, Dr David Ames, commented: “Unlike a typical GP practice, our services are targeted at those people who may typically find it difficult to access health services in the area.
“The long-term vision is to provide a wide portfolio of services covering health issues including sexual health, counselling and support, drug and alcohol related illness and to provide specialist services for the homeless.
“Whilst we will have the capacity to register patients like a typical GP practice, we will also offer a ‘drop-in’ style appointment system which will mean that anyone will be able to see a healthcare professional regardless of whether they are registered with the practice or not. This includes visitors and tourists to the area.”
ENDS

Date: Monday 28 September, 7pm – 8:30pm (doors open at 6:45pm)

Venue: The Christian (Oasis) Centre, Castle Road/Oxford Street, Scarborough, YO11 9AG

Who: Everyone is welcome to attend this meeting

In the run-up to the launch of the new extended GP services for Scarborough on 1 October, NHS North Yorkshire and York is holding a public meeting to give local residents and organisations the opportunity to find out more about what will be provided and how their views have been taken onboard.

The meeting will be held on Monday 28 September from 7pm to 8:30pm at the Christian (Oasis) Centre in Scarborough. Following a short welcome from independent Chair Cllr Gareth Dadd (Chair of the North Yorkshire Overview and Scrutiny of Health Committee), presentations will be given from senior representatives from NHS North Yorkshire and York, Echo Access Limited and Coast and Moors Voluntary Action with an open question and answer session at the end.

The original plan for providing extended GP services, which includes a walk-in GP appointment facility provided seven days a week from 8am – 8pm, was to open the centre on York Place in Scarborough town centre. However, following the discovery of asbestos in the building, a decision was made to temporarily provide the services

from Castle Health Centre on Auborough Street until the asbestos has been safely removed allowing building works to commence.

David Cockayne, Director of Strategy for NHS North Yorkshire and York said: “The proposal to provide extended GP services in Scarborough has generated much interest from local residents so this is a great opportunity for them to come and hear how their views have been taken onboard.

“A significant amount of work has gone into getting to this stage and we are confident that these services will help to address some of the health inequalities in the area, albeit being provided from a temporary location to begin with.

“I would personally urge anyone with an interest in the new services to come along to the meeting to find out more.”

The contract to provide extended GP services was awarded to a group of local GPs, known as Echo Access Limited, earlier this year. Clinical Director for Echo Access Limited, Dr David Ames, commented: “Unlike a typical GP practice, our services are targeted at those people who may typically find it difficult to access health services in the area.

“The long-term vision is to provide a wide portfolio of services covering health issues including sexual health, counselling and support, drug and alcohol related illness and to provide specialist services for the homeless.

“Whilst we will have the capacity to register patients like a typical GP practice, we will also offer a ‘drop-in’ style appointment system which will mean that anyone will be able to see a healthcare professional regardless of whether they are registered with the practice or not. This includes visitors and tourists to the area.”

ENDS

Notes to editors

Castle Health Centre will be located on, Auborough Street, Scarborough YO11 1HT.

Providing equitable access to GP services is a core element of the NHS Next Stage Review which seeks to achieve ‘high quality care for all’.

An initial public meeting was held in August 2008 followed by a public consultation exercise to gauge the views and needs of the Scarborough population.

Following a rigorous tendering exercise, Echo Limited was awarded the contract to provide extended GP services for Scarborough in February 2009.

The services provided will include:

  • Traditional GP services by appointment available at convenient times for patients;
  • Walk-in GP services for Scarborough residents and visitors to use open 7 days a week from 8am to 8pm including bank holidays

Once the permanent premises opens on York Place, additional services will be provided including:

  • Sexual health and family planning services
  • Counselling and other support services for people with mental health problems
  • Specialist support services for drug users and people with alcohol related problems
  • A support service for homeless people
  • Advice and support in self-care
  • NHS organisations, other public bodies and non public organisations (i.e voluntary agencies) working together more closely to support the health needs o the community.

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