A healthy start for centre at the heart of community

Posted on October 5, 2009. Filed under: GP-led health centres, News stories, Providers | Tags: , , |

Evening Chronicle | By Helen Rae | North Tyneside & Newcastle PCT | 5 October 2009

INITIAL indications show a new health centre in the region is proving a success. Health Reporter Helen Rae finds out more.

THE GP-led health centre which recently opened in North Tyneside is proving its worth to the community.

Since opening six weeks ago, 250 people have registered as patients at Battle Hill Health Centre, Wallsend, which has exceeded expectations by 85%.

It is open from 8am until 8pm every day of the week.

The walk-in service has also proved a welcome addition, with an average of around 30 people a day using it.

Dr Tony Thick, lead director of clinical services, said: “We are delighted with the public response, which clearly dem- onstrates the very real need for such a centre.

“The new centre provides better access to a range of GP and health services and will help people to receive treatment in centres closer to their home rather than in hospital.

“In addition, people working, visiting or studying locally who need to see a GP or a nurse urgently can benefit from the new walk-in facility. Patients don’t have to be registered to use it.

“The centre and the 17 jobs created demonstrate our ongoing commitment to provide better healthcare access for people in the local community and beyond.”

The first of its type in the area, the centre has equipment for X-rays, ultrasound and echo- cardiography (heart tests).

There are plans to offer patients a range of consultant and nurse-led clinics, which were previously based in hospitals. The Battle Hill Health Centre is located on the doorstep of retail centres, colleges and hotels.

It represents a multi- million pound investment by the NHS, and a similar facility is due to open on Ponteland Road, Newcastle, on Wednesday.

The site for the Battle Hill centre was developed by a consortium called Freeman Clinics, comprising The Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and GP practices in North Tyneside.

The health centre’s boss is Tony Hockey, who was previously practice manager at a local GP surgery.

He said: “These new facilities are good news for people living in Newcastle and North Tyneside. They provide better access to a range of GP and health services.

“Due to the partnership with the Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, we can ensure patients receive better and more co-ordinated care.”

The centre has a director of clinical services, practice manager, deputy practice manager, GPs, nurse practitioners, reception supervisor, and receptionist administrators.

The GPs – Desiree Besson, Forood Ranaie and David Pallister – will provide general medical services, as well as high-quality primary care services to patients.

The three nurse practitioners – Kaye Williams, Tina Bennett and Chris Hogarth – assess and manage patient care.

They also provide strategic development of primary care and public health services.

The team of clinicians is supported by receptionists and administrators to ensure the smooth running of the centre on a day-to-day basis.

GP-led centres provide better services

NHS North of Tyne has made a multi-million pound investment in two new GP-led health centres in Newcastle and North Tyneside and one further GP practice in Newcastle.

The successful bidders previously provided NHS services in Newcastle and North Tyneside, and developed the new facilities.

In Newcastle, the arrangements are as follows:

GP-led health centre for Blakelaw/Cowgate developed by the Freeman Clinic Ltd – comprising Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and Norprime, representing GPs practising in North Tyneside – on Ponteland Road (next to the Aldi supermarket) due to open early October 2009.

Scotswood/Benwell GP practice developed by Primary Care NE – comprising a group of Newcastle GPs and Northern Doctors Urgent Care who currently provide out-of- hours GP services across Newcastle, North Tyneside and Northumberland, which opened in June.

In North Tyneside, the arrangements are as follows:

Newly open GP-led health centre for Battle Hill, and north of the Coast Road, Wallsend developed by Norprime Wallsend – comprising Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and Norprime, representing GPs in North Tyneside – off Battle Hill Drive.

Chris Reed, pictured, chief executive of NHS North of Tyne, said: “These new facilities are good news for people living in Newcastle and North Tyneside.

“They provide better access to a range of GP and community health services and mean many people can receive treatment in centres closer to their home rather than in hospital.

“The successful bidders are all health professionals currently providing services to local people who have come together to develop exciting plans for these new services.” The development of the two new GP-led health centres followed public consultation from May to August 2008.

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Contracts being finalised for new health centres and GP practices in Newcastle and North Tyneside

Posted on April 6, 2009. Filed under: GP-led health centres, News stories, Providers | Tags: , , |

NHS North of Tyne | Press Release | 6 February 2009

Contracts are being finalised for two new GP-led health centres in Newcastle and North Tyneside and an additional two new GP practices in Newcastle, representing a multi-million pound investment in local health services.

Subject to the signing of the contracts, the successful bidders, all currently providing NHS services in Newcastle and North Tyneside, will develop the new facilities which should be up and running by April 2009 or soon afterwards.

In Newcastle, the arrangements are as follows:

GP-led health centre for Blakelaw/Cowgate to be developed by the Freeman Clinic Ltd (comprising Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and Norprime, representing GPs practising in North Tyneside) on Ponteland Road (next to the Aldi supermarket)

Walker GP practice to be developed by Freeman Clinic Ltd (comprising Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and Norprime, representing GPs practising in North Tyneside) in the Welbeck Road area

Scotswood/Benwell GP practice to be developed by Primary Care NE (comprising a group of Newcastle GPs and Northern Doctors Urgent Care who currently provide out of hours GP services across Newcastle, North Tyneside and Northumberland) – the location for this service is still under discussion.

In North Tyneside, the arrangements are as follows:

GP-led health centre for Battle Hill, and north of the Coast Road, Wallsend to be developed by Norprime Wallsend (comprising Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and Norprime, representing GPs practising in North Tyneside) off Battle Hill Drive.

The new health centres will each include a GP practice and will have walk-in services for minor injuries and minor illnesses open from 8am to 8pm seven days a week. They will also include a range of services including x- ray, ultrasound and echocardiography (heart tests). There will also be services to help people live healthier lifestyles.

Chris Reed, chief executive of Newcastle and North Tyneside primary care trusts and Northumberland Care Trust, said: “These new facilities are good news for people living in Newcastle and North Tyneside. They will provide better access to a range of GP and community health services and will mean many people can receive treatment in centres closer to their home rather than in hospital.

“The successful bidders are all health professionals currently providing services to local people who have come together to develop exciting plans for these new services.”

The development of the two new GP-led health centres and two new GP practices followed public consultation from May to August 2008. Feedback from the public and from key local organisations helped inform where the services should be located and also provided a lot of information about the kind of services people want to see in their local areas and about how these services should be provided.

Chris Reed added: “There has been substantial interest from local people and organisations in the development of these new facilities. We will be working closely with the successful bidders to make sure that there is good communication during the period of development and that the views of local people are taken into account as much as possible.”

A new GP-led health centre is also planned for Cramlington. Invitations to tender have recently been given to a number of organisations who have expressed an interest in developing this centre. It is expected that the contract will be let to the successful bidder by the end of March with services to start in December 2009.

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