A new GP service open 12 hours a day, seven days a week, will be launched in Thurrock on Sunday <28 March>.
The phone number for the new service, running from Grays Health Centre in Brooke Road, is 01375 898700.
Any patient – wherever they live – will be able to see a GP or nurse between 8am and 8pm at the new service.
The service will accept new patient registrations and will also have appointments available every day for patients who aren’t registered.
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.
NHS South West Essex has commissioned the new extended service as part of the Equitable Access to Primary Medical Care programme, which saw every primary care trust given funding to invest in a new GP-led health centre in an easily accessible location.
The primary care trust has appointed College Health to run the service in Grays, initially from Grays Health Centre in Brooke Road while the former Woolworths site in Grays High Street is refurbished.
From 31 May 2010, the service will be provided from the former Woolworths site – which will be called Thurrock Health Centre.
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. A mobile clinic will also operate from the health centre, taking services out to the local communities.