Patients can book additional evening and weekend appointments at a town hub to help them stay well this winter and beyond.
The service was designed by NHS Crawley Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), working in partnership with local patients and clinicians. The hub is run by Alliance for Better Care Ltd, the local GP Federation.
The GP hub offers both routine and urgent appointments for the majority of registered patients, which can be booked through participating GP practices in the normal way, during normal opening hours.
CCG Clinical Chair and local GP, Dr Laura Hill, said:
“We want to ensure that more patients in Crawley get the best possible care in the right place, at the right time. We know winter is a time when the NHS is under pressure, but it’s that way because it’s the time when our patients often need us most.
“We have designed this new GP service in partnership with local people. You told us that having access to a GP in the evenings and weekends – particularly on a Saturday was important to you.”
How to book an appointment
The majority of patients will be able to book an evening or weekend appointment by calling their own GP practice in the normal way, during normal opening hours.
Clinicians working at the town’s hub will be able to access a patient’s medical records with your agreement. Patients will be asked before any information is shared and can decline if they wish.
Dr Hill added:
“Increasing access to GP services is one of the CCGs highest priorities and I am thrilled that we are able to offer this improved service to help the majority of our local patients and help our local NHS deal with rising numbers of patients who all need our care.
“Although patients using our new hubs may not see their usual doctor at their own practice they can still expect to receive a high level of treatment and care.”
Neurokinex Gatwick wins national award
Neurokinex Gatwick – a leading provider of activity-based rehabilitation for spinal cord injury – has won the 2018 National Fitness Awards’ Best Rehabilitation Facility of the Year category.
Four members of the 10-strong team were at the Award ceremony on Friday November 30th to receive the Award.
The Best Rehabilitation Facility category is open to gyms and sites who are dedicated purely to the rehabilitation market and/or who employ specially trained consultants to deal with GP referrals. Neurokinex was chosen as a finalist from 100s of entries and was up against four other finalists.
Neurokinex underwent a rigorous assessment process, which involved a site visit by a member of the awards’ team who toured the facility, chatted to clients and staff and examined all areas of the business. Detailed reports were then compiled and passed on to an expert judging panel which decided the winners.
“I am very proud and happy that our Gatwick team has won this very important award,”
says Harvey Sihota, founder and director of Neurokinex.
“This achievement is testament to the hard work of the entire team. We know our ground-breaking protocols and activity-based rehabilitation therapies are redefining possibilities for adults and children with spinal cord injury. But to have this independent validation from industry experts that our work is of a national award-winning quality is an honour: I am delighted our work has been recognised this way.”
Neurokinex www.neurokinex.org is a charity and a not-for-profit organisation.
The Gatwick site, which opened in 2016, sets out to redefine possibilities for people with a spinal cord injury.
Its programmes stimulate and load the entire nervous and musculoskeletal systems through carefully crafted, task-specific exercises with the assistance of skilled therapists. Neurokinex clients take part in activities such as active standing, cycling, walking and rowing, tailored to their neurological impairment.
This offers people a multitude of benefits including improvements in neurological function, muscle bulk and quality, cardiovascular health, strength and stamina, balance and trunk control, skin and bone health, range of motion and psychological wellbeing.
“Neurokinex stood out to us as a life-changing facility which combines cutting edge tech with highly-skilled and compassionate trainers,” says Judith Halkerston, Event Director, National Fitness Awards.
“It is evident that Neurokinex is changing the lives of people with spinal cord injury. Its broad client base of adults and children as young as 18 months, plus international clients who are travelling to the facility for this treatment, proves that it is offering something very special indeed. They should be very proud of their achievement and I wish them continued success going forwards.”