Redbridge: polyclinic strategy mapped out

Posted on December 19, 2009. Filed under: News stories, Polyclinics | Tags: |

Ilford Recorder | NHS Redbridge | 19 December 2009

FOUR polyclinics at the heart of future healthcare in Redbridge could be developed in the next four years.

NHS Redbridge says it is pleased with the impact Loxford Polyclinic has had since it opened in April and has released details of the remaining four super surgeries, which it hopes will be running by 2013.

Work begins next year on the Seven Kings polyclinic system, linking health centres and medical surgeries with polyclinics, and a surgery could be developed on the King George Hospital site, Barley Lane, Goodmayes.

Health officials will look at systems in Wanstead, Fairlop and Cranbrook in 2011, 2012 and 2013, but have not decided in which order.

Research will be done to gauge needs in the communities, which will be compiled with social and economic information.

NHS Redbridge’s borough managing director Conor Burke said: “The proposed changes to services in outer north east London echoes this approach, suggesting the majority of urgent healthcare needs could be out outside hospitals in a polyclinic setting.

“Our five polysystems will increasingly be able to direct funding where they think it is best used in their neighbourhood, while still ensuring we meet national quality standards.”

The Wanstead polysystem could have a clinic at South Woodford Health Centre, High Road, South Woodford, and the Fullwell Cross Health Centre, Tomswood Hill, Barkingside, is the preferred option for Fairlop.

There is no obvious site for Cranbrook yet.

Loxford’s polyclinic has enticed nearly 1,000 new patients to register with GPs.

The spokesman said: “The lessons we’ve learned will prove invaluable when it comes to opening the remaining four polyclinics.

“One of Loxford’s strongest assets is the work of its community panel and this input will be replicated in the planning of the other clinics.

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