Residents urged to give views on suggested locations for GP practice hubs

Residents urged to give views on suggested locations for GP practice hubs

NHS Waltham Forest Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is asking for feedback on suggestions for how GP services could be arranged in Waltham Forest to improve access to local NHS services in the years to come. 

The request follows the publication of the CCG’s draft estates strategy which outlines suggestions for how GP practices could be organised in the borough in the future. The estates strategy aims to help GP practices arrange themselves, taking into account new developments and a growing population, to provide better access to a wider range of health services within local communities. 

Amongst other things, the suggestions include making better use of existing NHS and GP practice buildings and developing GP hubs, which could deliver cancer and other disease screening (including gynaecology), minor surgery (such as vasectomies and colonoscopies), blood testing, treatment for skin conditions and physical therapy. 

The strategy calls for more services to be provided in the community, which means examining how services can be rearranged and placed to best support this. This involves:

  • looking at the buildings, information technology and staff required to support new models of care
  • working out what this means for the current buildings used as GP practices in Waltham Forest
  • identifying the solutions that work best for residents in Leyton/Leytonstone, Walthamstow and Chingford. 

More information and a feedback questionnaire is available on the CCG’s website at http://www.walthamforestccg.nhs.uk/ourwork/estates.htm. This includes a summary leaflet and the full draft strategy, should residents wish to read it.

The deadline for feedback is 30 June 2016.