Seven Day Health in Grays

FROM the end of March, any patient – wherever they live – will be able to see a GP or nurse seven days a week, between 8am and 8pm at the new GP service in Grays.

The service will accept new patient registrations and will also have appointments available all day every day for patients who aren’t registered at the practice. Anyone, whether they are a registered patient or not, will be able to walk-in and wait to see a GP or nurse without an appointment.

Marc Davis, Director of Primary and Community Care for NHS South West Essex, says: “For the first time in south west Essex, we’ll have a practice that’s open seven days a week and 12 hours a day.

“It will significantly improve access to primary care for everyone in the area, whether they are a local resident, work or study in the town, are passing through Thurrock, or are visiting friends and family in the wider area.

“There will be no restrictions on who can access services at the new Thurrock Health Centre, which is great news for residents across south west Essex as a whole.”

NHS South West Essex has commissioned the new extended service, and has appointed College Health to run it, initially from Grays Health Centre in Brooke Road, then from the former Woolworths site – which will be called Thurrock Health Centre – from May 2010.

Thurrock Health Centre will offer a range of primary care services. Primary care is usually the first point of contact that a patient has with the health service, and services at Thurrock Health Centre will include GP and nurse appointments, immunisations, health checks, advice and screenings.

KEY DATES

28 March 2010
College Health will be providing an extended hours service (seven days a week, 8am to 8pm), including a service for walk-in patients, from Grays Health Centre in Brooke Road.
Dr Shehadeh will also continue to run his usual practice from this site.

April 2010
Dr Shehadeh will relocate to his new premises at Odd Fellows Hall in Dell Road.

May 2010
College Health will relocate to the former Woolworths site in the High Street, which will be their permanent home. This will be called Thurrock Health Centre.

Once both Dr Shehadeh and College Health have relocated, there will no longer be a GP practice at Grays Health Centre. Instead, this site will be used for clinics and community services. More details will be confirmed nearer the time.

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