GP surg­eries com­bine for week­end care

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Team Work -

Three GP surg­eries are com­bin­ing to of­fer ur­gent week­end health care.

For the last six months, staff at Ivy Court Surgery in Ten­ter­den have manned a walk-in ser­vice on Satur­day and Sun­day morn­ings.

From Septem­ber, the Sun­day ses­sions will be at Ham­street Surgery, with Satur­day ones stay­ing in Ten­ter­den.

The move is part of a col­lab­o­ra­tion between surg­eries at Ten­ter­den, Ham­street and Wood­church, which form the new Ash­ford Ru­ral Com­mu­nity Net­work.

The ur­gent care cen­tre will be open from 9am to noon on both days, with pa­tients seen on a clin­i­cal need ba­sis.

It will be manned by a GP, nurse and re­cep­tion­ist. Since March, pa­tients from Ham­street and Wood­church have been able to use the ser­vice at Ivy Court.

Between 30 and 50 peo­ple have been seen each week­end who might oth­er­wise have gone to A&E at the Wil­liam Harvey Hos­pi­tal. Paul Nelhams, from the Ash­ford Clin­i­cal Com­mis­sion­ing Group, said sim­i­lar week­end cover would soon be in­tro­duced in north and south Ash­ford.

The change to ser­vices takes ef­fect on Satur­day, Septem­ber 6.

It is a walk-in ser­vice for pa­tients reg­is­tered at Ivy Court, Ham­street or Wood­church Surgery. The Ham­street Surgery is at Ruckinge Road, Ham­street.

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