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New providers of care for seven city GP practices, and services confirmed for people who are homeless or seeking asylum

3rd August 2017 | By Liz Mattock | Posted in

Leicester City Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) has secured the long-term futures of nine GP practices serving more than 30,000 patients, including those who are homeless or seeking asylum, after successfully re-procuring the contracts for these practices.

Patients at seven GP practices will have new providers delivering their healthcare from 1st October 2017. The practices affected are as follows:

  • Sayeed Medical Practice, East Park Road
  • Beaumont Leys Health Centre
  • Asquith Surgery, Welford Rd
  • Rushey Mead Health Centre (two practices)
  • Merlyn Vaz GP practice
  • St Matthews Practice, Prince Philip House

Richard Morris, Director of Operations & Corporate Affairs at Leicester City CCG, said: “Patients registered at these practices will receive letters from the CCG in August to explain the changes. They will not have to do anything and will receive services as normal.

“We want all city patients to have access to the best possible quality of primary medical care. The new contracts have been awarded for a five year period, with the option to extend for a further five years, subject to performance. This will offer our patients a continuity of service and we’re confident that our new providers will be able to sustain and improve services at these practices.”

Sayeed Medical Practice will be run by Across Leicester Federation and services at Beaumont Leys Health Centre and Asquith Surgery will be provided by Spirit Healthcare.

Following consultation with patients, the two practices at Rushey Mead Health Centre will be coming together as one, with Spirit Healthcare providing the combined single practice.

Meanwhile, Across Leicester Federation and DHU Health Care CIC will be working together to provide services at St Matthews Health and Community Centre and the GP practice at the Merlyn Vaz Health and Social Care Centre. From 1st October, this partnership will also provide a new Healthcare Hub at the Merlyn Vaz Centre. The service will offer urgent GP and nurse appointments from 8am to 8pm, 365 days a year.

Services for people who are homeless or seeking asylum

The CCG also commissions GP services on Clyde Street for people seeking asylum and at Charles Berry House and the Dawn Centre for homeless people. A wide-ranging consultation was carried out in 2016 to seek the views of service users and stakeholders, as the contracts with the current service providers were due to end in 2017.

Richard Morris said: “We would like to thank everyone who took part in the consultation, especially the patients and all the local organisations who helped us, including the Race Equality Centre, the British Red Cross, Inclusion Healthcare’s Patient Participation Group and the City of Sanctuary. It is really important to us to make sure we provide the right services for our patients who are homeless or seeking asylum and the consultation told us that people did not want their services to change.”

The decision has been made to continue with the services in their current form. Following a procurement process, the contract will remain with Inclusion Healthcare.

Bowling Green Street Surgery

The CCG is continuing to seek a new provider for services at Bowling Green Street Surgery, as the recent procurement process did not yield a successful bidder. Richard Morris explained: “The contract is currently due to end on 30th September and we are now looking at several options, but we can reassure patients that the current provider will continue to deliver services until a new provider is found, which we anticipate will be by the start of next year.”

Leicester City Clinical Commissioning Group is the organisation responsible for planning and managing GP services in Leicester City, with responsibility delegated to it by NHS England since 1st April 2015.

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