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GP company wins new APMS tender

By Gareth Iacobucci

A GP-led company has won the latest APMS battle after being announced as the preferred bidder for a contract in Nottinghamshire.

The new practice in Kirkby-in-Ashfield will be taken over by Central Nottinghamshire Clinical Services (CNCS), a social enterprise group made up of local GPs, which currently provides out-of-hours GP services at other premises in the county.

The practice, put out to tender under the Government's Fairness in Primary Care procurement scheme, will be based in a new primary care centre in Ashfield Health Village.

The Kirkby Community Primary Care Centre will open in late March 2008, offering extended opening hours of 8am – 8pm Monday to Fridays, and Saturday morning surgeries.

Enhanced Services will be available for patients with learning disabilities, heart disease, weight management programmes, and smoking cessation services.

Anita Dixon, chief executive of CNCS, said: ‘We aim to provide an innovative practice to improve the health of the local population. Our investment in a community engagement worker demonstrates our enthusiasm to further enhance our patient centred approach to care.

'The primary care centre will be an integral part of Ashfield Health Village with the majority of primary care services patients may need to access under one roof.'

Ben Bradshaw MP, minister for Health Services, said: ‘Access to GP services has been identified as one of the top priorities for the NHS. I welcome this announcement. I am particularly pleased that the new centre will be open early mornings, evenings and on Saturdays.'

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