Date: 20/10/2008 Category: Medway PCT
NHS Medway is pleased to announce its preferred bidders to provide primary care services in three new GP surgeries and a new GP-led health centre. Last year the primary care trust announced a £4 million investment on three new GPs' surgeries and a GP-led health centre set to give Medway residents better access to good health. It means new doctor’s surgeries in Luton, Wayfield and Chatham town centre plus a GP-led health centre in Canterbury Street, Gillingham that will also operate regular satellite clinics at Hoo, Parkwood, Twydall and Hempstead. NHS Medway has now revealed its preferred bidders to provide services for the surgeries and the health centre. These are Dulwich Medical Practice for the GP-led health centre and GP practice at Wayfield and the College Medical Practice for the GP practices at Chatham and Luton. The contracts to provide services at each of the health bases went out to tender at the beginning of March and it’s hoped a final agreement will be reached by December. Jill Norton, NHS Medway Assistant Director Primary Care Services, said: “This is an exciting time for NHS Medway and the provision of healthcare. The Board were vigorous in their selection for their preferred bidders to provide the service at the GP surgeries and GP-led health centre. We hope by December to make these preferred bidders official.” Editors notes The new surgeries and GP-led health centre is likely to mean at least a dozen new doctors in total plus nurses and other health professionals. Services are due to be up and running by the end of March 2009, although not in permanent premises at that stage. Funding of £1.1 million per practice per year has been agreed, along with an additional £800,000 to meet the costs of the health centre, which will be open from 8am to 8pm, seven days a week. The benefits will include: *Smaller patient lists *More choice *Longer and more convenient opening times *Better quality services As well as housing new doctors, the surgeries will provide other primary care services, while the 12-hour walk-in service is expected to provide quicker and easier access to treatment.