Walk-in doctors’ surgery launched in Nuneaton

Posted on October 20, 2009. Filed under: GP-led health centres, Integrated care, Journals, Press/News Releases, Providers | Tags: , |

Coventry Telegraph | 20 October 2009

AN INNOVATIVE walk-in doctor’s surgery has been launched at a health centre in Nuneaton.

It will allow patients to have an appointment even if they are registered with another surgery and is part of a government programme to increase access to family GP services.

George Eliot Hospital has become the first Acute NHS Trust in the country to run a GP-led facility, which is based at Camp Hill Health Centre, and is supported by NHS Warwickshire.

Health Minister and North Warwickshire MP Mike O’Brien, who performed the opening, said: “This will make a huge difference in improving access to health care for local people.

“Centres like this one are opening up and down the country, complementing services provided by existing practices.

“The centres are proving popular with patients who have told us that they want to be able to see a GP at times convenient to them.

“This centre will offer patients the greater choice and flexibility they want, being able to see a doctor or nurse between 8am and 8pm seven days a week, while still remaining registered with their family GP if they so wish.”

As well as increasing access to GP services, the Ramsden Avenue centre will also have a strong focus on promoting better health and ensuring everyone has access to the services and care they need, particularly for hard-to-reach groups.

Some of the health checks and treatments on offer will include physiotherapy, minor surgery and family planning.

Paul Jennings, chief executive of NHS Warwickshire, said: “We know that those living in the north of the county are statistically more likely to suffer ill-health and we are focused on tackling these health inequalities.

“Camp Hill Health Centre is the result of effective partnership working between NHS Warwickshire, the local community and George Eliot Hospital. Its opening is sure to have a positive effect on health services in the area.”

Sharon Beamish, chief executive of George Eliot Hospital, said: “As a well known local NHS health care provider we are delighted to have been given the opportunity to provide primary care to the community.

“We are looking forward to working with local people to develop services that they want and need in the area and we are fully committed to providing the best care possible to all who choose to use the services in Camp Hill.”

Opening of new GP-led health centre with Warwick Medical School

Warwick Medical School | News Release | accessed 1 October 2009

A new GP-led health centre in Warwickshire developed in conjunction with Warwick Medical School has officially opened its doors for the first time. 

The Camp Hill Centre, based in Nuneaton, has been opened by the Minister of State for Health Services Mike O’Brien MP.  

The Camp Hill area was chosen to benefit from a new health centre as part of the Department of Health’s alternative providers medical services (APMS) contracts. These contracts enable PCTs to deliver health services tailored to local needs. 

Warwick Medical School has contributed towards the development of the health centre and created a learning environment for both its undergraduate and postgraduate students. The health centre will become a teaching hub, providing local leadership to teaching practices.    

Hospital trust opens GP centre

Health Services Journal | 20 April, 2009 | Updated: 23 April, 2009 0:00 am | By Sally Gainsbury

A hospital trust in Warwickshire has become the first to take over the running of a GP-led health centre.

George Eliot Hospital trust plans to open the new 8am to 8pm health centre this October.

The development will be watched carefully as there have been concerns that hospitals should not be allowed to “vertically integrate” with GP services lest they be tempted to use them to create additional demand for acute care.

DH approval

The Department of Health’s guidance on the issue states that any such proposals must be agreed with the department.

But George Eliot trust chief executive Sharon Beamish said the trust “fully supports the drive to provide care closer to home”.

She added: “As an organisation that provides local hospital services we are well placed to extend these services within the community to offer a complete range of healthcare and have a more direct impact on improving the health and wellbeing of [the area].”

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Hospitals ‘will discharge patients early and delay operations to save £20bn’

Posted on September 28, 2009. Filed under: News stories | Tags: |

London Evening Standard | Anna Davis, Health Reporter | 28 September 2009

Patients will be discharged early and operations could be delayed as the NHS struggles to cope with huge funding cuts, experts warned today.

Doctors and nurses could face pay cuts, routine appointments could be scrapped and administration work shared between hospitals after Health Secretary Andy Burnham admitted the NHS needed to save up to £20 billion.

Foundation hospitals, which manage their own finances, have been told they have not planned well enough to cope with the recession, and £500 million that would fund new community hospitals is in doubt.

Hospitals have already started sharing back-office work to save money, and the first “super trust” made up of three hospitals has been created in south London.

Nigel Edwards, policy director of the NHS Confederation, the body of organisations that make up the health service, said the cutbacks were unprecedented. “This is uncharted territory and we are exploring new ways of dealing with it. It is a challenge on a scale very few systems have had to face.” He said the worst case scenario would be for the NHS to shut services and delay operations such as knee, cataract and hip surgery until patients’ conditions deteriorated.

Operations were delayed by up to four months when the NHS had a cash crisis in 2005. In some areas, NHS managers told hospitals to postpone surgery for as long as possible. In Harrow it was reported that the PCT asked hospitals to do the “minimum” to meet targets.

The Government could save £500 million by reducing the average length of a stay in hospital, according to an NHS Confederation report.

Mr Edwards said hospitals could also save money by scrapping routine appointments for people with long-term conditions, such as chronic obstructive airway disease.

He suggested patients should only see a doctor when they were actually feeling ill and that clinics could be set up where certain conditions could be dealt with in one day.

London is moving towards this system with the introduction of polyclinics, which are designed to reduce the number of times patients have to visit hospitals. The capital’s eighth polyclinic opened in Haringey on Friday. It houses traditionally hospital-based services such as blood tests, out-patient appointments, minor surgery, ultrasound and physiotherapy.

Mr Edwards warned that if these initial changes did not save enough money, the Government could decide to slash doctors’ pay or cut jobs.

A spokeswoman for the Department of Health said: “We do not believe the right answer to improving the NHS is blanket cuts across the NHS workforce. The NHS is in a very healthy position regarding recruitment and retention, and in some areas such as maternity services we need more clinicians not fewer.”

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