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Local MP unveils new Sowerby Bridge surgery

Linda Riordan, MP for Halifax, dropped in to Allan House on Station Road, Sowerby Bridge today to officially open the Meadow Dale Group Practice.

Assisted by local residents, staff and doctors, Mrs Riordan MP unveiled a plaque before taking a tour of the new facility to learn first hand how the new surgery has been improving choice and access since it welcomed its first patients in November last year.

Speaking at the event, Mrs Riordan MP, said: “The Meadow Dale Group Practice, Sowerby Bridge is a much needed practice in the heart of the community. It’s an asset to the local community which has suffered in the past from a lack of local GP access.”

The Meadow Dale Group Practice, which also has a branch in Elland and Ovenden, is operated by Assura Leeds, a partnership between 26 GP practices and leading healthcare provider Assura Medical.

The practice is open to new patients and residents of Calderdale can register at any branch and access the other two whenever they like. All branches offer extended weekend and evening opening hours from 8am to 8pm, Monday to Friday and from 8am to 1pm on Saturday.

In addition to normal nurse and GP services and extended opening hours, all three practices offer advice and support on living a healthy lifestyle, contraception and substance misuse support.

Dr Ken McGechaen, a Leeds GP and chair of Assura Leeds, said: “I’d like to thank Mrs Riordan for helping us to celebrate the official opening of our Sowerby Bridge branch. Our extended evening and Saturday opening times have proved popular with patients, many of whom have now registered with us.

“If you register with our group practice in Sowerby Bridge, you can also use our other two practices in Elland and Ovenden. For example, if you live in Sowerby Bridge but work in Ovenden, you can go to either of those two or the one in Elland if it’s more convenient for you.”

Angela Monaghan, chair of NHS Calderdale, added: “We welcome the opening of this new practice and the increase in choice it will provide for patients locally. We are committed to continually improving primary care services across Calderdale, which we know will improve the health and wellbeing of people across the district.”

The new practice is 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.

From left to right: Dr Ken McGechaen, Jean Dawson (first patient), Linda Riordan MP, John Mallialieu (NED Associate at NHS Calderdale, Kirklees and Wakefield), Cllr Draycott.

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Press enquiries to:
Russell Elliott, Assura Leeds LLP. Tel: 020 7380 1794
Amanda Dissanayaka, NHS Calderdale, Kirklees and Wakefield District. Tel: 01924 870 061

Meadow Dale Group Practice
Web: www.meadowdalepractice.nhs.uk

Sowerby Bridge
The Meadow Dale Group Practice
Ground floor
Allan House Health Centre
Station Road
Sowerby Bridge
HX6 3AD
Tel: 01422 834 463

Elland
The Meadow Dale Group Practice
Ground floor
Rosemount House
Rosemount Estate
Huddersfield Road
Elland
HX5 0EE
Tel: 01422 315 440

Ovenden
The Meadow Dale Group Practice
Nursery Lane
Ovenden
Halifax
HX3 5SX
Tel: 01422 386 510

Opening Times
8am-8pm Monday to Friday
8am to 1pm Saturday

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;
  • currently operates a community dermatology service as well as the Meadow Dale Group Practice in Elland and Ovenden which are open from 8am to 8pm Monday to Friday and from 8am to 1pm on Saturday; and
  • 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:

  • 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.
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