Hemlington GP practice opens to mark end of £11m project

Posted on January 4, 2010. Filed under: GP-led health centres, News stories, Providers | Tags: , |

Gazette Live | by Sarah Judd, Evening Gazette | 4 January 2010

A NEW walk-in GP practice has opened in Hemlington, marking the completion of an £11m boost to primary care services on Teesside.

NHS Tees approved plans to open six new GP surgeries and four GP-led health centres in August 2008 to help tackle some of the area’s more serious health problems.

And staff are now celebrating as the last of the new facilities opened its doors.

Chris Willis, chief executive of NHS Tees said: “We are delighted to see the last of these new practices open its doors.

“These recent initiatives show our commitment to improve patients’ access to local health services in areas where they are most needed.

“This £11m investment is a tremendous boost for primary care provision, improving access to GP services right across the Tees area.”

Hemlington NHS Medical Centre is currently housed in temporary premises adjacent to the Viewley Centre and is open from 8am to 6.30pm, Monday to Friday.

A permanent base for the centre is planned within the refurbished Viewley Centre which is expected to reopen in April.

The £11m investment in primary care across the NHS Tees area has seen the opening of Stockton NHS Health Centre in High Newham Road, Eston Grange NHS Health Care Centre in Queen Street, South Bank and the Resolution Health Centre in Trinity Mews, North Ormesby.

Hartlepool NHS Healthcare Centre in Victoria Road, Hartlepool has also opened as part of the investment.

Each centre is open from 8am to 8pm, seven days a week, 365 days a year, and anyone can walk-in for treatment without an appointment even if they are not registered as a patient.

The Eston facility will be relocated in 2010 to the new Low Grange Farm medical facility currently being constructed on Normanby Road, South Bank.

New GP practices have also been opened in Skelton, Redcar, Hemlington, Park End in Middlesbrough, The Fens in Hartlepool and Hartfields Extra Care Village in Hartlepool.

Services at the new Hemlington practice are being provided by Bondcare and prospective patients are asked to call 01642 514350 to register.

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