Patients at Great Bridge Health Centre may notice some changes at the practice from today (1st May), as the GP surgery joins the Sandwell and West Birmingham Hospitals NHS Trust (SWBH) family. The GP surgery is now one of two in Sandwell that will be operated by the NHS Trust after it successfully bid to secure a contract to run services in the area, in collaboration with local GP partnerships.
The organisation will be working with Your Health Partnership across Sandwell to deliver primary care services to thousands of patients from both Great Bridge Health Centre and West Bromwich-based Lyndon Health Centre – formerly known as Parsonage Street.
Working with partners, SWBH will embrace the opportunity to work differently which may see some patients having their care delivered by consultants in a primarycare setting, and seeing increased consultant-led clinics opening closer to home.
For many patients, they will see the benefit of having almost all their NHS services (with the exception of mental health) delivered by one organisation that includes, primary care, acute and community services.
Toby Lewis, Chief Executive at SWBH, said: “The new arrangements are a chance to do, to learn and to build trust. We want to move fast to provide the very best long term conditions care for children and for adults that redefine traditional home and hospital boundaries.”
Dr Simon Mitchell, Executive Partner at Your Health Partnership added: “Your Health Partnership is delighted to have the opportunity to work with the hospital Trust to deliver primary care services in West Bromwich. We have a well-established relationship with the Trust and believe the opportunity to work together in this way will create lots of exciting new ways to improve the health of the patients whilst continuing to deliver great quality general practice.”
SWBH runs Sandwell, City and Rowley Regis Hospitals as well as Leasowes Intermediate Care Centre and a number of community clinics in the area.Leave a reply