New 8am – 8pm Health Centre and Walk-in Centre opens in the City Centre

Posted on February 3, 2010. Filed under: GP-led health centres, Press/News Releases, Providers | Tags: |

NHS Nottingham City | Press Release | accessed 3 January 2010

Nottingham patients can now benefit from a new health and walk-in centre on Upper Parliament Street in the City Centre.

This is the first of the NHS Nottingham City primary care facilities to open as part of the Equitable Access to Primary Medical Care programme. The new services are being introduced in response to Government minister Lord Darzi’s Our NHS, our future review which called for improved access to GPs.

The service has been commissioned by NHS Nottingham City and will be provided by NEMS Healthcare Ltd.  It is open 8am – 8pm every day including weekends. The Health Centre will offer a range of walk in services such as assessment and treatment of minor illnesses and injuries, along with healthy living advice and information. It will be open to everyone who lives or works in the City, and to people who are just visiting. In addition, people who live within the Nottingham City Council area have the option of registering with the health centre as their GP practice.

The 8am – 8pm Health Centre can be contacted on 0115 883 1960.

Peter May, Executive Director at NEMS Healthcare said: “The Health Centre is open to everyone on a walk-in basis and our team will provide you with a friendly, caring and professional service. Our team is made up of local healthcare professionals, including health care assistants, health advisers, nurses and GPs. Together, we are aiming to help people in Nottingham to improve their health and well-being by being available for extended hours in an easy to reach location within the City Centre.  If you are troubled by a minor illness or injury, you can just walk in and speak to our reception team who will arrange for you to be seen by the person best able to meet your needs. Our walk-in services include emergency contraception and healthy living advice. You do not have to be registered with the Health Centre to use our services. However, if you live within the Nottingham City Council boundary you may like to talk to us about the benefits of registering and making the Health Centre your GP practice.”

Katherine Thackeray, Assistant Director of Primary Care Services at NHS Nottingham City said: “The new health centre will provide a great additional healthcare facility.  It is an excellent addition to the range of services we have to help with urgent health care needs and take the pressure off other services such as the Emergency Department.

“We are committed to improving access and offering greater choice of primary care health services to help us deliver our aim of an end to health inequalities in our City.”

For more information about where to access health services, see NHS Nottingham City’s website ‘Get the right care, first time’ at www.nottinghamcity.nhs.uk/

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Notes to editors

Update on the Equitable Access to Primary Care Programme

The Equitable Access programme launched by Lord Darzi committed the NHS to establish 150 new GP led health centres and 100 new GP practices across the country in areas with the greatest need.   Nottingham City has committed to opening a City Centre GP-led health centre and 3 new GP practices.

For further information or interviews, please contact:

Joanne Powell, Senior Communications and Marketing Manager
Phone: 0115 912 3384

Fax: 0115 912 3302

Email: joanne.powell@nottinghamcity.nhs.uk

Visit the website at www.nottinghamcity.nhs.uk

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