Brighton Station Health Centre NHS GP practice today opens the doors of a new suite of new clinical consulting rooms on the second floor of Boots North Street Brighton store.
The facilities are part of a commitment by the NHS practice, run by Care UK, to increase capacity and improve GP services in the city. Practice Plus Brighton Station, the new name for the practice, is this week introducing a range of significant improvements for registered patients:
Dr Marjorie Gillespie, Primary Care Medical Director for Care UK, said, “We’ve looked very hard at what patients want from their GP practice and at what the NHS locally wants us to deliver. We’re confident we can make it easier to contact us, easier to make appointments and quicker to get important NHS clinical tests so that the practice as a whole works more efficiently, wastes less of patients’ time and in turn makes better use of NHS resources.
“Patients in Brighton and Hove are served by fewer GP than comparable cities, so we’re making it easy to arrange both urgent and bookable in advance appointments and tests, and completely standard to get an appointment within 48 hours. The new Practice Plus service combines new facilities at Boots, with the specialist clinical telephone centres which provide NHS 111 services, to create a GP practice which is sustainable in financial terms and easier for patients to access.”
Existing patients registered at Brighton Station Health Centre will find the new services and facilities available now. The practice is accepting new patients, who can get information at the Queens Road Health Centre or at Boots in North Street, or by telephone by calling 0333 321 0946, and welcomes in particular anyone not currently registered within the city.
Dr Gillespie added, “We recognise that the city needs more primary care capacity and more GPs. Patients in Brighton and Hove are served by fewer GPs than comparable cities. We’re creating new capacity, in line with priorities identified by NHS commissioners, both through new facilities and through clinical telephone consultations. We expect the Practice Plus service to continue to develop, offering registered patients more options to access primary care in a convenient and flexible way in the future.”
David Milborrow, General Manager of Boots, North Street, Brighton, comments: “We’re pleased to offer this space in our Brighton store, as we believe that providing increased access for GP appointments will complement the other NHS and healthcare services already available for our patients across pharmacy, opticians and hearing care. Our store is located in the heart of Brighton, where so many live, work and shop, so offering this service from an accessible, community location will give patients added convenience to see a GP around their own busy lives.”
The walk-in centre and sexual health clinic based at the Queens Road will both continue to operate as now from within the Practice Plus Brighton Station centre.