Primary care services at the Locality Health Centre GP practice in Weston-super-Mare will be delivered by local GPs from next month, NHS commissioners have confirmed. The agreement secures the future of GP services at the Centre after the current provider’s contract expires on 31 October. The new provider, Pier Health will begin on 1 November and patients will not be required to re-register. Dr Kevin Haggerty, a GP at Longton Grove Surgery in Weston-super-Mare, said: “Local primary care services are most people’s first point of contact with the NHS and a vital focus for local health and care provision so I’m really pleased that by working together we’ve been able to safeguard services at the Locality. “Partnership working between GPs, in order to strengthen and enhance local primary care provision in the Weston area, is one of the key principles of the local Healthy Weston programme and this announcement demonstrates how this collective approach can really deliver results for local people. “We look forward to meeting staff and patients in the coming days and weeks.” The announcement was welcomed by the Chair of Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire clinical commissioning group Dr Jonathan Hayes. “This is an excellent outcome and I am sure patients and staff will be reassured to know that the future of the service has been resolved following some uncertainty in recent weeks. “Our ambition has always been to retain primary care services at the Locality Health Centre following the expiry of the current contract, and we have been working very hard to identify a new provider following the reprocurement exercise we ran in the summer. “I’m particularly pleased that local GPs have come together as a group to secure the future of the practice.” NHS commissioners are writing to all patients and staff to confirm the new management arrangements and staff will be transferred to the new provider from the start of November.
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We are delighted and proud to let you know that The Locality Health has have just been rated as “Outstanding” by the Care Quality Commission. This is the highest possible rating and we believe the first to be rated as such in North Somerset.
The full report is available to read on the CQC Website: http://www.cqc.org.uk/location/1-502911955
To be rated overall “Outstanding” is a huge achievement for a small practice in an area of very high medical and social need. This is great reflection for the company, staff and the people we serve.
We have achieved this by having an amazing team of excellent staff who care about local people by being committed to providing quality, great access to other services and seeking innovative ways to improve patient outcomes.
As most of you will know, Locality Health Centre is a distinctive community based organisation. Funding from the NHS goes on patient care. This is due to no money being paid to shareholders, or taken as profit by partners. It is embedded in the For All Healthy Living Centre, providing holistic approach and access to a wide range of services. We work closely with patients and broader community to improve health and wellbeing of local people
We are particularly pleased that the whole centre was recognised as having a huge part to play in what we offer. CQC saw that the shared purpose and common set of values led to a strong team working well together to have a real impact.