New Hook services to include GP led health centre

Posted on January 19, 2010. Filed under: GP-led health centres, Press/News Releases, Providers | Tags: |

NHS Kingston | Press Release | 19 January 2010

NHS Kingston has announced the preferred location of a new GP led health centre which will open later this year in Gosbury Hill, Hook.

The centre – the first of its kind in Kingston – will offer a range of walk-in services and appointments to both registered and non-registered patients.

The GP led health centre will operate in addition to Grays Medical Practice and Orchard Practice, which are already based on the site.

David Smith, chief executive for NHS Kingston, said: “It’s good news that a venue for the GP led centre has been found which will provide additional health services for local residents including walk-in services and longer opening hours.

“Patients who currently use the two GP practices on the same site can continue to have a relationship with their existing GPs – the new service is about providing additional health services for a wider patient group.”

At the end of last year, following an open tendering process, the Grays Medical Practice was appointed as the preferred bidder to buy the Gosbury Hill site and to develop new premises for both its own practice and the neighbouring Orchard Practice which occupies the same building.

The Grays Medical Practice will be leading the development of the premises which will include the new GP led centre. Malling Health will be contracted by NHS Kingston to run the GP led health centre and provide a high standard of service for local people.

Dr John Gray, from Grays Medical Practice, said: “We’re delighted to have the opportunity to take the Gosbury Hill site into the new decade for the benefit of all local residents. We’ll be using our expertise on local health needs to lead the development of the new premises.

Working with Malling Health and the neighbouring Orchard Practice, we’ll ensure there continues to be a high standard of health service for local residents.”

Plans are being developed for state-of-the-art premises that will be lighter, more spacious and enable the practices to benefit from the latest technological developments. A planning application is expected within the first few months of this year.

It is anticipated that walk-in services will be available at Gosbury Hill without impacting on current GP services. This will be achieved by some internal reorganisation of the building which is expected to be completed in April 2010.

In the longer term, the site will also provide additional health services for the local community as part of NHS Kingston’s ongoing polysystems programme bringing more services closer to home.

Notes to editors

What is a GP Led Health Centre?

In October 2007, Lord Darzi published the interim report of the NHS Next Stage Review (England only), which announced a number of immediate recommendations, including the establishment of 1 new GP-led health centre per PCT.

The GP Led Health Centre will be a new service that will offer GP and Nurse Appointments.

The centre will offer a full range of medical services to all registered and non registered patients offering pre-bookable appointments, walk-in services and other co-located services.

For more information on NHS Kingston’s polysystems programme go to www.kingston-polysystem.nhs.uk

For more information contact Sarah Campion, NHS Kingston communications team; tel:020
8339 8086, email: sarah.campion@kpct.nhs.uk

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