Four new polyclinics planned for Redbridge

Posted on October 30, 2009. Filed under: News stories, Polyclinics | Tags: |

Yellow Advertiser | By Peter Henn | NHS Redbridge | 29 October 2009

REDBRIDGE will be the first borough in the country to implement a radical change in the way people receive their healthcare. 

NHS Redbridge, which provides GP services to residents in the borough, is set to follow up on the success of Loxford Polyclinic, in Ilford, by establishing four further units. The Loxford Polyclinic opened earlier this year. 

The Trust is planning to set up polyclinincs in Cranbrook, Fairlop, Seven Kings and Wanstead wards, which will serve a population of around 50,000 people each. 

Health bosses claim the new way of working will mean people will be treated for the majority of ailments in their own area. 

NHS Redbridge’s borough managing director, Conor Burke, is ‘confident’ the polysystems were the way forward. 

He said: “We know people want easier access to health services in terms of both journey times and opening hours. 

“We are leading the country in what is a very innovate approach to healthcare.” 

Dr Narinder Sharma, clinical director for Loxford Polysystem, wants to establish a ‘seamless’ service for patients near their homes. 

He said: “The vision of the polysystem is to bring more services out of the hospital and into the heart of the community with local clinicians working with secondary care colleagues and stakeholders.” 

The news comes as the Trust announced it will transfer control of its £400million budget to health professionals. 

The scheme will see GPs call the shots about how and where health cash is spent, and will be responsible for commissioning services and meeting Department of Health targets. 

* The PCT is calling for people to come and join the panels, which will help shape the way healthcare is provided in their area. 

The Trust is currently looking for people to join the panels for the Cranbrook, Fairlop, Seven Kings and Wanstead polysystems. 

For more, call Amy Burgess on 020 8926 5048 or e-mail amy.burgess@redbridge.nhs.uk

Email: redbridge@yellowad.co.uk

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