‘The future of the NHS’ opens in Pinner

Posted on November 2, 2009. Filed under: GP-led health centres, News stories |

Harrow Times | By Kevin Bradford | Harrow PCT |  2 November 2009

A HEALTH centre was officially opened yesterday amidst claims it represented the future of the NHS.

Harrow health chiefs heralded the Pinn Medical Centre, in Love Lane, during a launch event aimed at promoting the services available to patients.

Members of the public joined doctors to look around the new facilities. People of all ages were given health advice and free medical checks while being entertained by dancers and balloon artists.

Bosses said the centre does not fall into the Government’s controversial polyclinic category, but instead represents the borough’s first “GP led” surgery where services link in with others in the area.

Gillian Schiller, chairman of Harrow PCT, said: “This is a glimpse into the future, this is what the NHS is changing into.

“This is all about overall health and well being, and will be a fantastic local service. It is light years ahead of most of London.”

Doctor Amol Kelshiker, who leads the practice, said: “This opens up the health service and makes it more amiable to the customers.

“The area has never had a facility like this and it will bring a lot more health care opportunities to the community.”

The centre also contains an associated pharmacy which enables patients to pick up prescriptions directly after seeing a specialist.

Pharmacist Salil Gor said: “It’s good for the patients because what you have is a pharmacy that is integrated into the centre.

“It is convenient for them to have everything under one roof and they will be more likely to take up prescriptions or health advice if they don’t have to step outside the centre to find it.”

Pinn Medical Centre launches in Pinner

Harrow Times | Jack Royston | 27 October 2009

ONE of the first of a new brand of “fantastic” health centres was launched in Pinner last week.

The Pinn Medical Centre, in Love Lane, opens from 8am to 8pm, with a walk-in clinic and advanced services including an x-ray and ultrasound equipment.

The facility is not one of the Government’s flagship polyclinics but is the borough’s first “GP led” health centre, operating in a similar way and linking in with smaller practices nearby.

Plans to upgrade the existing surgery to meet the needs of a swelling patient base date back years and the project was driven by the GPs themselves.

Dr Sarah Crowther, chief executive of NHS Harrow, said: “It is a pioneering project that has found its perfect setting in a clean, spacious, modern, comfortable and accessible building.

“These are the qualities that our patients have told us they want in local healthcare and that’s exactly what we’re delivering.

“We’re taking the NHS in a new direction, which, now more than ever, is about what patients want and how they can get involved in making choices about their own care, backed by the expertise of and relationships with superb clinicians.”

Gareth Thomas, MP for Harrow West, said: “These new health clinics, run by local GPs, are already proving a big hit in Harrow.

“If you’re worried about your health you can just turn up. It’s a fantastic new service.”

A launch night was held for the clinic on Wednesday.


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