More than 370 patients have already registered at the new Thurrock Health Centre – and it’s walk-in appointments are also proving popular.
The Thurrock Health Centre opened in the former Woolworths site in High Street, Grays, on 31 May. But while the building is undergoing renovation works, the 8am to 8pm GP service is being offered, temporarily, from Grays Health Centre in Brooke Road.
Since launching on 28 March, more than 370 patients living in the catchment area (Thurrock) have registered to receive general medical care from the new service. Meanwhile, more than 880 walk-in appointments have been used.
The walk-in appointments are available 12 hours a day, every day of the week, to both registered and non-registered patients. This means that if you live outside the area but are visiting or working in Thurrock, you can see a GP or nurse at the service without booking an appointment or registering.
Marc Davis, director of primary and community care at NHS South West Essex, says: “The fact that there have been so many people register at the new service shows how much this health centre is needed.
“This is the first time we have had a nurse and GP service open 12 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year in south west Essex.
“One of our key priorities at NHS South West Essex is to improve access to GP care and this health centre is already doing this, not only for Thurrock but for the whole of south west Essex, as those living outside the catchment area can walk-in and wait, or make an appointment to be seen by a GP or nurse.
“We hope the service builds on this initial success once it moves into its new home in the former Woolworths site in Grays town centre.”
NHS South West Essex has appointed College Health Ltd to provide the GP services from Thurrock Health Centre, including the interim service at Grays Health Centre.
Reshad Ghoorun, business manager for College Health, says: “We are very pleased with the success of the service so far and we’ve had positive feedback from local residents and businesses.
“The walk-in appointments have been really well received, with people coming in for health checks or because they feel generally unwell. We are also using our mobile health centre – staffed with highly-skilled nurses – to take a variety of services out to patients.
“Now that we have moved to the new premises, the GP service are offering even more services, such as health, nutrition and fitness advice and well man/well woman clinics.
“We will also be working with other healthcare providers to ensure the population of Thurrock and south west Essex receive a service that meets their needs and exceeds their expectations.”
For more information about Thurrock Health Centre and the interim service, visit www.swessex.nhs.uk or call 01375 898700.