Prime Minister gives Lambeth GP services £3.4m investment grant
Lambeth residents will see better access to GP care with the help of a £3.4m investment by the Prime Minister’s Challenge Fund.
GP practices in Lambeth want to make it easier for local residents to access services by making more appointments available in the evening and at the weekend. From September 2015, patients will be able to access a GP from 8am to 8pm Monday to Friday and 10am to 6pm at weekends and bank holidays. These changes will benefit over 378,000 patients registered with the 47 practices in Lambeth.
Under these plans local people will be able to access services at their own GP surgery as normal and at one of the four ‘neighbourhood access clinic’s' in the borough.
The Lambeth GP Provider Group and Lambeth Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) have developed the plans to make it easier to see a GP wherever you live in Lambeth. Together, they want to work to make primary care the first port of call for non-emergency care across the borough.
Dr Martin Block, a local GP who helped develop the bid for Lambeth, said: “We are delighted to be able to offer better access to GP services locally. We know that often patients can find it hard to access health services for urgent and routine needs, especially at evenings and weekends.”
“In Lambeth all GP practices are working together to respond to what local people have told us they need – which is better and more flexible access to primary care.”
Dr Hasnain Abbasi, Lambeth GP and chair of the CCG’s Primary Care Development Programme Board said: “Lambeth already has some of the best primary care in London, with this bid we want to improve it and make it even better for our local population with care closer to home and available every day.”
This project aims to transform primary care in Lambeth. In addition to creating extra capacity for appointments it will enable proactive care for the frail adult population and reduce avoidable admissions to hospital. GPs will also be introducing a system of reviews for people with long term health conditions based on learning from pilots carried out this winter. They will also be developing new ways for accessing primary care using technology.