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Boots to open GP surgery

Boots will open the first GP surgery in one of its high street stores next month.

The surgery in the centre

of Poole, Dorset, will open

between the hours of 8.30am and 5pm Monday to Friday, with an out-of-hours service

being considered for later in

the year.

Patients will need an appointment to access a GP and initial services will include blood tests, physiotherapy, acute back pain services and ultrasounds.

The high-street chemist chain said it had been approached by Bournemouth and Poole PCT to host the surgery.

'We have spoken to other PCTs but Bournemouth and Poole are the only ones to have signed off on the deal,' said a Boots spokesperson.

'It's about providing consumers with greater flexibility and choice in terms of their healthcare.'

But GPs said traditional practices offered a far greater range of services.

Dr Nigel Watson, chief

executive of Wessex LMCs, said the Poole surgery was being sold as a one-stop shop, when in fact it was only offering niche services.

'It's not actually a thorough GP service that is being provided but more intermediate care,' said Dr Watson.

'It's not additional care; you could walk into a hospital and receive the treatments. I think it is being dressed up as something it's not.'

Supermarket chain J Sainsbury announced earlier this year that it planned to open

a GP surgery in one of its


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