CRAYFORD: New all day, every day GP centre opens

Posted on August 16, 2009. Filed under: News stories, Providers | Tags: |

News Shopper | 16 August 2009

A NEW health centre has opened in Crayford offering access to a GP seven days a week, every day of the year.

The Bexley North Health Centre, based in a converted and extended shop in Crayford High Street, is owned and run by South East London Doctors’ Co-operative (SELDOC) an out-of-hours doctors’ service based in Dulwich.

It won the bidding process to provide its Crayford services under contract to Bexley Care Trust.

Neither of the two existing GP practices in the town is involved in the venture, with the medical staff recruited by and contracted to SELDOC.

The centre guarantees to have at least one GP available during opening hours, but its care trust contract states SELDOC will provide as many GPs as are required for the number of registered patients.

SELDOC is currently running a recruitment campaign for more GPs.

Centre opening hours are from 7am to 8pm on Monday to Friday, and 8am until 8pm on Saturday and Sunday.

GPs are available for both booked appointments and walk-in patients.

In addition the centre also offers clinics for immunisations, vaccinations for adults and children and cervical screening.

Bexley Care Trust says residents will be invited to give their views on how the centre is run and developed, through both group and individual consultations.

The centre has been developed under a Government scheme which requires all primary care trusts in England to have a GP-led health centre.

Care trust chairman Barbara Scott said: “This is part of our wider strategy to deliver more accessible services with a doctor or health professional of choice.”

She added: “Over the next few years, significant moves are planned to deliver more improved services elsewhere in the borough.”

The care trust says the new centre does not interfere with plans to open a new health centre as part of the Crayford town hall redevelopment scheme, in nearby Crayford Road.

A spokesman said: “The proposed development at the town hall is at a very early stage and the health component has not been fully detailed and is not planned to open for a number of years.”

 

SELDOC was set up in April 1996 as a GP co-operative providing out-of-hours General Medical Services to its GP members from a base leased within Dulwich Hospital, SE22.

From the outset Seldoc was designed to be operationally self-sufficient, providing all aspects of the service from within the organisation, upholding the values of being Co-operative.

SELDOC South East London Doctors’ Co-operative

SELDOC is owned, managed and financed by its GP members and local location partners, who hold a share equivalent to £1.00.

The GP membership is drawn from Lambeth, Southwark and Lewisham, as reflected in the name South East London Doctors’ Co-operative.

The call centre, cars and mobile doctors all operate from our Dulwich Hospital site.

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CRAYFORD: Plans to open a new health centre are approved

Posted on June 17, 2009. Filed under: GP-led health centres, News stories | Tags: |

News Shopper | 17 June 2009

PLANS to open a new health centre in Crayford have been given the green light.

A planning application to convert existing retail space in Crayford High Street into a GP led health centre was approved at a Bexley Council planning committee on Thursday (JUNE 12).

The centre is expected to open next month, providing a normal GP surgery for up to 6,000 registered patients and walk-in-services for up to 10,000 non-registered patients by the end of its first year.

The centre will open from 7am until 8pm on weekdays and 8am until 8pm at weekends.

It will be run by a team of up to five GPs and will provide four consulting rooms and a waiting area.

There are already plans to open a medical centre in Crayford town centre, at the Town Hall site in Crayford Road, but the centre in Crayford High Street will be the first in the borough to offer a drop in service seven days a week.

The planning application was submitted by Mr Yashwant Patel, on behalf of Seldoc South East London’s Co-operative, who was unavailable to comment.

The GP co-operative which operates from Dulwich Hospital provides out-of-hours general medical services to patients.

Bexley Care Trust will provide the costs to the run the centre after receiving funding from theDepartment of Health.

The care trust was unable to disclose the amount of money it received.

It follows a government announcement to invest £250m into supporting primary care trusts nation wide to create at least one new health centre in each primary care trust area.

A spokesperson for the Bexley Care Trust, said: “Bexley Care Trust, in common with all other primary care trust’s in England, is participating in the government’s scheme, Equitable Access to Primary Medical Care, to deliver a GP led health centre in every primary care trust in the country.

“This programme is to address the needs of patients in meeting the government’s access and choice agendas and Bexley Care Trust has determined that that need is most pressing in the north of Bexley borough.”

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