Outside organisation brought in to run Woolwich Urgent Care Centre
PUBLISHED: 16:29 22 November 2011
An outside organisation has been commissioned to manage the Urgent Care Centre at Queen Elizabeth's Hospital in Woolwich.
The Hurley Group were chosen by commissioning body NHS South East London Greenwich Business Support Unit to start running the service next to the Accident and Emergency department, from next Thursday (1) for the next three years.
Originally the centre which treats people with urgent but not life threatening illnesses in a bid to take the pressure off A&E, began as a pilot in February 2009.
GP Partner at The Hurley Group, which also runs the New Cross GP Walk in centre in Amersham Vale, New Cross, Dr Murray Ellender, said: “We are delighted to be involved in this exciting new service at Queen Elizabeth Hospital. The Hurley Group have an excellent track record in delivering patient-centred healthcare.
“This opportunity enables us to use our experience, working in partnership with South London Healthcare Trust and commissioners to deliver high quality unscheduled care to people in Greenwich.”
The centre will continue to be staffed by doctors and nurses with experience of emergency care.
Chief executive of the hospital Trust Dr Chris Streather, said: “A revamped and fully functioning Urgent Care Centre at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital is excellent news for patients. It will enable better and faster treatment for patients with minor injuries while removing some pressure from A&E for people with more serious conditions.
“We are looking forward to working in partnership with seasoned NHS professionals to make this new treatment centre work for patients.”
The service was put out to tender on July 13 and they had eight responses.