New GP-led health centre opens in Cowgate

Posted on October 20, 2009. Filed under: GP-led health centres, Press/News Releases, Providers | Tags: |

NHS North OF Tyneside | News Release | 20 October 2009

A new local GP-led health centre, featuring some state-of-the-art medical equipment, has successfully opened in the heart of a Newcastle community.

Since opening, Ponteland Road Health Centre, near the Aldi store in Cowgate, has received strong interest from local residents and those from nearby Blakelaw.

More than 75 people have registered as patients at the new centre – an initial take-up that was greater than expected.

The walk-in service has also proved a welcome new facility with an average of around 40 people a day now using the centre.

Ponteland Road Health Centre – open 8am to 8pm every day of the week – opened on October 5.

Dr Tony Thick, lead director of clinical services, said: “We are delighted with the public response, which clearly demonstrates the very real need for such a centre.

“The new centre provides better access to a range of GP and health services and will help people to receive treatment in centres closer to their home rather than in hospital. The centre and the 18 jobs created demonstrate our ongoing commitment to provide better healthcare access for people in the local community.”

The new centre combines a walk-in service open from 8am to 8pm, 365 days per year, a new GP practice that patients can register to join as well as hosting a range of services including x-ray, ultrasound and echocardiography (heart tests).

The jobs were created in order to manage the new health centre which along with a similar facility built and opened in Battle Hill, North Tyneside, represent a £6 million investment by the local NHS.  Both centres are situated in convenient locations for giving people who live or work in the local areas easy access to meet their healthcare needs.

The site for the centre was developed by a consortium – called Freeman Clinics – comprising the Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and GP practices.

Battle Hill’s new centre manager is Tony Hockey. Tony was previously practice manager at a local GP practice. He said: “These new facilities are good news for people living in Newcastle and North Tyneside. They provide better access to a range of GP and health services in the community. Due to the unique partnership with The Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, we can ensure that patients receive better and more co-ordinated care.”

The centre has led to the creation of the following roles: a director of clinical services, practice manager, deputy practice manager, GPs, nurse practitioners, reception supervisor, and receptionist administrators.



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