Junior Health Minister Lord Ara Darzi opened Loxford Polyclinic in Ilford, east London, which promises 20 services including a healthy living cafe." (Watch video clip)
"Heather O'Meara, chief executive of NHS Redbridge, said: "We know people need better access to services and we need to bring care closer to their homes. This is 100 times better than what I envisaged. I could not be more proud of it. I want to see four more polyclinics set up in Redbridge in the next four years. It is an opportunity to take services that were in very poor buildings and bring them into a state-of-the-art centre. An enormous amount of energy and resources is focused on treating illness when the key is really preventing it in the first place. Polyclinics will help us redirect this focus and empower people to make healthier lifestyle choices."
Ruth Carnall, chief executive of NHS London, said: "Today's launch of seven polyclinics sees Lord Darzi's vision of improving health care for London become a reality.
"Polyclinics will transform primary and community care in London for the better, delivering accessible, high quality services which will ultimately reduce health inequalities."
- Alexandra Avenue, South Harrow
- Heart of Hounslow, Hounslow
- Gracefield Gardens Health and Social Care Centre, Lambeth
- Oliver Road Polyclinic, Waltham Forest
- The Barkantine Centre, Tower Hamlets
- Hammersmith Hospital, Hammersmith
An innovative idea that is sure to work for everybody ... including existing GPs ...
I am sure it will be fine for everybody for this intends to do good not harm :-)