Posted by Amanda Crawford at 30/01/2019 10:28:32
More than 31,000 patients in Ashford will soon benefit from a new GP practice forming in the town.
Ashford Medical Partnership unites Willesborough Health Centre, Singleton Health Centre and South Ashford Medics together to help patients get the care they need, when they need it.
The new practice will also employ more staff with an additional paramedic practitioner, clinical pharmacist and practice nurse joining in the next few months. These extra staff can help diagnose and treat a wide range of health conditions without the need for a patient to see a GP.
From March, Ashford Medical Partnership will be based at three sites: the current Willesborough Health Centre in Bentley Road, St Stephens Health Centre and Singleton Health Centre.
Patients at the current practices do not need to do anything as the changes will happen automatically and access to their regular GP will continue.
Dr Kodabaksh Borhanzahi from South Ashford Medics said: “This is good news for all our patients who will benefit from accessing a wider range of clinical staff to help them get the care they need.
“All staff from the current practices will continue on and we will be expanding with further clinical staff joining soon. Patients won’t notice any disruption during the transition and will continue to see the same staff in the same building. This partnership means we can share our resources and look to develop more sustainable services over the long term.”
Dr Amir Naky from Willesborough Health Centre said: “Ashford Medical Partnership will maximise the benefits of working as a larger health organisation while keeping all that is best about the current practices.
“During the transition process, patients do not need to do anything. Medical records will be held in the normal way and any existing repeat prescriptions will continue. Practice telephone numbers, contact details and opening times will remain exactly the same as they are at present.
“This partnership means the practices can continue to provide high-quality care and plan for a bright future.”
Caroline Selkirk, Managing Director for the four east Kent Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCG), said: “We are pleased to support these practices in Ashford to join together. This proposal will ensure they can continue to provide the best possible, sustainable care.
“By working together in this way, these practices can provide more services and share clinical experience to benefit all patients.” If patients have any queries about the process, please call NHS Ashford CCG on 03000 424144, rather than either of the practices. The CCG is responsible for ensuring that all patients have access to GP practice services in the area.