Banbury Hub to help Improve Patient Care
Neighbourhood Access Hubs are being introduced across Oxfordshire to improve patient access to GP services. The initiative follows a successful bid to the Prime Minister’s Challenge Fund earlier this year by the Principal Medical Limited GP Federation in Oxfordshire.
The first Hub was launched on 11 September at the Banbury Health Centre. This is being followed by a roll out of the service in other parts of Oxfordshire this month and later in the year.
The Neighbourhood Access Hubs form part of a wider series of pilot projects being introduced by GP Federations in Oxfordshire to help patients access their doctor more effectively.
Each Hub will be staffed by at least two clinicians including a GP and an Advanced Nurse Practitioner, and local practices will be able to book urgent same day appointments at the Hub for their patients. This will help GP practices meet the increasing demand and free GPs up to spend more time on planned care appointments within their own surgeries.
The Banbury Hub is open every Thursday and Friday from 4pm to 8pm and Saturdays and Sundays from 9am to 6pm. Appointments can only be made through a patient’s own GP surgery – there are no ‘walk-in’ appointments.
Clinicians at the Hubs have the same IT systems as GP practices and will be able to access patient records allowing treatment to be ongoing and in line with the care provided by their GP.
OCCG is supporting local GP Federations, as they run GP Access pilot projects throughout the year.
An independent evaluation of the projects has been commissioned by OCCG, to establish the level of success of each project and provide evidence to consider whether any of the pilot projects should be adopted and commissioned in the future.
Remember to watch out for information on the Hubs at your GP practice.
For more information contact Fergus Campbell, Locality Co-ordinator email: Fergus.firstname.lastname@example.org
Information about the Locality
There are 12 GP practices in the Locality with 105,963 registered patients. The locality Clinical Director is Dr Paul Park, who is supported by Dr Shelley Hayles.