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GP-led health centres will front A&E

By Gareth Iacobucci

The first GP-led health centres to be located at the front end of A&E departments have been announced.

Hammersmith and Fulham PCT have selected Partnership for Health – a collaboration between Imperial College Healthcare, London Central and West unscheduled Care Collaborative and Central West London NHS Community Services (CWLCS) – as preferred provider for two new surgeries at Charing Cross and Hammersmith Hospitals.

As well as providing a list-based GP service, the centres will provide initial assessment of patients with urgent care needs who can be best treated by GPs.

The contract also includes responsibility for out-of-hours care for all patients registered in other practices in the area.

Dr Tony Grewal, LMC Secretary Hammersmith and Fulham said: 'The tender process was fair, as far as the LMC input could make it; the result is the result. Naturally, we will be watching closely how these new services develop.'

A spokesperson for Hammersmith and Fulham PCT said: ‘We know that a significant proportion of people going to A&E have problems which can be dealt with by primary care clinicians but that many are not registered with a GP.

‘Locally our hospitals (particularly Charing Cross) are very accessible so it makes sense to put new surgeries in convenient locations where people are already going and where they can support A&E teams.'

First GP-led health centres to act as the front end of A&E announced

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