GP alliance could be good news for patients

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Extended opening hours and a weekend service could be introduced after the formation of aan alliance of south Lincolnshire GP practicves.

The alliance which will see them work more closely on the provision of services for all patients registered at a number of practices.

This new alliance will give practices taking part the opportunity to explore new and innovative ways of providing the highest quality safe care closer to the patient’s home.

Patients at the practices will remain registered at their own practice with their own GP and they will see no change to the day to day care that they receive. It is anticipated, however, that one of the benefits to patients will be their ability to access a wider range of services locally or even in their own home.

Potential initiatives being considered include extending GP opening hours and taking a more collaborative approach to weekend working. This could see patients being able to access a GP not necessarily at their own practice but as part of the alliance of practices.

Dr Majid Akram, clinical director of the alliance, said: “This local alliance of practices will ensure that the needs of patients are at the heart of everything we do. It is important that we continue to cater for the needs of an ever changing population and we are able to adapt services in line with the needs of patients and their carers.

“Linking practices together will enable us able to begin the process of developing cutting edge and evidence based care closer to the patients’ home. The size and diversity of this alliance shows our commitment to work with everyone who has a role in the delivery of health services in this community.”

Caroline Hall, acting accountable officer for South Lincolnshire Clinical Commissioning Group, added: “GPs providing services through alliances such as this are consistent with the NHS’s Five Year Forward View. We welcome any initiative that will ultimately result in better outcomes for the patients of the South of Lincolnshire.”

The practices involved are: Bourne Galletly Practice, Hereward Medical Centre, Abbeyview Surgery, The Deepings Practice, Littlebury Medical Centre, Gosberton Medical Centre, Moulton Medical Centre, Long Sutton Medical Group, Beechfield Medical Centre, Munro Medical Centre, Pennygate Surgery, Glenside Practice, Market Cross Surgery, Colsterworth and Sutterton.