Harness Harrow GP-led Health Centre Opens in Edgware

Posted on January 27, 2010. Filed under: GP-led health centres, Press/News Releases |

NHS Harrow | News Release

Harness Harrow GP-led Health Centre, opens at 46 South Parade, Mollison Way, Edgware, HA8 5QL, on 11th January, and will be open 8am to 8pm, 365 days a year. The centre will have two GPs at all times, with seven GPs employed in all. Registered patients will be able to book appointments in advance or on the day, whilst they and unregistered patients will have the option of walking in without making an appointment. The new service will provide patients with more consultation time with GPs and nurses, as well as ECG scans and blood testing on site.

Dr Sarah Crowther, chief executive of NHS Harrow, said the centre would be part of a redeveloped health system in East Harrow: “I am delighted that the Harness Harrow GP-led Health Centre is open – it’s a centre that will provide more services than ever before in East Harrow, and it is shaped around the needs of local people. The idea that you can get a blood test or a scan at your local surgery is something we are keen to roll out across the borough to make life easier for Harrow residents. We would like this centre to be part of a wider polysystem in East Harrow, which will mean that everyone in the area could be sent to local centres by their GPs when they needs tests or scans rather than going to the hospital.”

The new centre has been welcomed by local councillors too, with Overview and Scrutiny Committee Chairman Cllr Stanley Sheinwald praising the decision to keep the surgery open: “When NHS Harrow first consulted with the Scrutiny Committee, we ensured we were given all the facts and we were very thorough in our recommendations. We made it clear to NHS Harrow that the preferred option for Queensbury residents would be to keep the Mollison Way Surgery open, and after due consideration, this has been achieved.”

Cllr Dinesh Solanki, whose Queensbury ward will be served by the Mollison Way Surgery, said: “We felt that NHS Harrow was very receptive to the concerns that we had heard from our residents and every avenue was explored before a decision was reached.”

He added: “I am very pleased with the results –we now have a practice that will be open from 8am to 8pm, seven days a week and will serve local residents better than ever. It is a particularly positive result for older residents and people with long-term conditions, as it brings more services closer to where people live.”

“Over the last 18 months, the Scrutiny Committee has worked really hard with the PCT on bringing this to fruition. We have also worked together on securing the specialist stroke and major trauma unit for Northwick Park Hospital, due to open in April 2010, and it’s great to see the that our hard work is paying off for local people and will make a lasting difference. We are proving that an open and honest partnership between NHS Harrow and Harrow Council brings the best results for all our residents.”

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