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Local MP officially opens community health practice in Kingstanding

A Birmingham MP dropped in to Kingstanding on Saturday to officially open a new community health practice.

Jack Dromey, MP for Erdington, cut the ribbon to officially open the Kingstanding Community Practice before taking a tour of the new facilities and chatting to staff and patients.

The practice, which is based at Warren Farm Health Centre on Warren Farm Road and run by Assura Vertis LLP, opened its doors earlier this year, offering patients
access to male and female GPs as well as a wide range of health clinics and extended opening hours including evening and weekend appointments.

Jack said: “I am delighted to be opening the Kingstanding Community Practice. The practice is at the heart of the community, with its central location near the green in
Warren Farm Road, and the extended opening hours will allow local people to get an appointment at a time that suits them – during the evenings and on Saturdays.”

Donna Macarthur, Director of Primary Care Commissioning for NHS Birmingham East and North, said: “Everyone worked very hard on getting the practice ready for
patients, and we are thrilled that the Lord Mayor will be officially opening the building.

The practice is already benefitting hundreds of people living in and around Kingstanding, and was developed thanks to extra funding from the national Equitable
Access to Primary Medical Care programme, which aims to open practices in areas such as Kingstanding that have lower levels of GPs.”

Dr Ian Morrey, GP and chair of Assura Vertis, said: “We are delighted to be officially opening The Kingstanding Community Practice which is designed to provide local
people with improved choice as well as increased access to a GP or nurse at a time convenient to them.

“The much needed practice has quickly proved popular with patients and is fulfilling a local need as Kingstanding is considered as an under doctored area. New patients
are welcome to register should they wish to do so.”

Assura Vertis LLP is a partnership between 23 GP practices and leading healthcare provider Assura Medical. The practice offers a full general practice service along with
a range of specialist health clinics offering everything from minor surgery and stopping smoking to maternity services and child health.

For more information, go to the website at http://benpct.nhs.uk.

ENDS

Press enquiries to:
Russell Elliott, Assura Medical. Tel: 020 7107 3833, 07855 806 093
Sarah Millard, NHS Birmingham East and North. Tel: 0121 380 0620

Notes to editors

NHS Birmingham East and North is one of 152 primary care trusts (PCTs) within the English NHS. As a PCT, it is responsible for the wise investment of public money to ensure health improvement, access to health services and where appropriate the provision of health services to a local population of some 438,000 people, across 17 wards in north and east Birmingham.

We organise and fund the delivery of health care with the involvement of local people, maximising health outcomes for every pound spent, referred to as commissioning.

The trust’s website can be accessed at benpct.nhs.uk.

Assura Vertis LLP:

  • is a 50:50 joint venture partnership between Assura Medical and 23 GP practices.
  • is an organisation which is a long-term, collaborative partnership between Assura Medical and more than 87 GPs to provide community-based services which offer patients additional choice.
  • is run by a clinical management board (CMB) which comprises three GPs, a practice manager, a business director and an Assura Medical representative. Assura Medical provides all the necessary support in the way of funding, service and commercial expertise, IT, business processes and additional resources.
  • also provides a range of NHS community services including echocardiography, dermatology and physiotherapy
  • as a partner to the NHS, Assura Medical has a track record of forming partnerships with groups of GPs in order to provide high quality and safe healthcare services in primary and community settings closer to the patient’s home
  • Website: www.assuravertisllp.co.uk
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