Local residents, staff and doctors joined the MP for Calder Valley today to mark the official opening of Calderdale’s newest GP practice.
Craig Whittaker MP unveiled a plaque to officially open the Meadow Dale Group Practice before being taking on a tour of the new facility and chatting to staff and patients to learn how the practice will improve choice and access to GPs for local people.
Speaking at the event, Mr Whittaker said: “At a time where we are constantly hearing about savings and cut backs, it is a privilege to be opening this new facility which brings with it a whole range of new services for the people of Elland. Improved access to higher quality services are always beneficial to the community of Elland which they serve.”
Following the unveiling, Mrs Calland who was the first patient to register at the new practice when it opened its doors for the first time in September, was presented with a bouquet of flowers.
The practice, which is based on the ground floor of Rosemount House on the Rosemount Estate in Elland, is operated by Assura Leeds LLP, a partnership between 26 GP practices and leading healthcare provider Assura Medical.
Residents can register at the new practice which offers extended and weekend opening hours from 8am to 8pm, Monday to Friday and 8am to 1pm on Saturday.
Dr Ken McGechaen, a Leeds GP and chair of Assura Leeds LLP, said: “We are delighted to be officially opening the much needed Meadow Dale Group Practice which is designed to offer patients in Calderdale improved access to high quality, easy and convenient access to a GP or nurse when they need it.
“We are confident that it will prove popular with patients who will enjoy the extended evening and Saturday opening times. New patients are welcome to register should they wish to do so.”
“This practice is the first of three that we will open in Calderdale, with a further two on course to open in the New Year.”
Angela Monaghan, chair of NHS Calderdale, added: “I am delighted to be opening the new practice in Elland, which will ease the pressure on existing GP practices and increase choice for patients. It demonstrates our continuing commitment to improving primary care across Calderdale, which we know will improve the health and lives of local people”.
Two more practices are due to open in Ovenden and Sowerby Bridge soon as part of a nationally funded programme to open five new practices in the borough. Calder Community Practice in Todmorden and Park Community Practice in West Central Halifax were opened as part of phase one of the programme in 2009.
In 2008 Calderdale was identified by the Department of Health as one of the ‘least well’ served districts for GPs in the country. During 2009 NHS Calderdale ran a large scale consultation called ‘Practice Plus’. Over 2,000 residents took part and their feedback was included in the design of the service. Assura Leeds LLP was appointed as the new provider by NHS Calderdale following an open competition.
Meadow Dale Group Practice (Elland) Ground Floor, Rosemount House
Elland HX5 0EE
Tel: 01422 315 315
8am-8pm Monday to Friday
8am to 1pm Saturday
Press enquiries to:
Russell Elliott, Assura Leeds LLP. Tel: 020 7107 3833
Stephanie Ryan, NHS Calderdale. Tel: 01422 281 467
Notes to the editor
Assura Leeds LLP:
- is a 50:50 joint venture partnership between Assura Medical and 26 GP practices
- is a long-term, collaborative partnership between Assura Medical and more than 121 local GPs to provide community-based services which offer patients an additional choice
- is owned 50% by the GP practices and 50% by Assura Medical and is run by a clinical management board (CMB) which comprises of four GPs, a business director and an Assura Medical regional general manager. Assura Medical provides all the necessary support in the way of funding, service and commercial expertise, IT, business processes and additional resources. 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.
- NHS Calderdale is the main NHS body responsible for healthcare and health improvement for people living in the district. NHS Calderdale commissions – that is plans and pays for – any health services you might need. This includes hospitals, ambulances, mental health and other specialist services. NHS Calderdale also agrees contracts with local GPs, dentists, pharmacists and optometrists to deliver high-quality services for local people