This morning, Jeremy Hunt (Secretary of State for Health), Simon Stevens and George Osborne visited Streatham High Practice, one of three practices in Lambeth managed by AT Medics. The ministers and NHS chief executive were keen to meet Dr Hasnain Abbasi, GP Director and governing body member of NHS Lambeth Clinical Commissioning Group to see how a Care Quality Commission “Outstanding” rated practice continues to deliver exceptional care in such challenging times.
During the visit, Dr Abbasi explained the steps Lambeth is taking to integrate care, with examples such as the GP Access Hub, a new initiative of four hubs across Lambeth, resourced through the Prime Ministers Challenge Fund, which provides GP and nurse appointments seven days a week until 8pm each evening. He also discussed the Lambeth approach to integrating records and the Federation structures which support localised care programmes.
The visitors were also very interested to learn about the innovations that AT Medics has introduced to Primary Care such as its GP Frontline triaging and consultation methodology, developed and deployed across its practices around London, enabling greater and more rapid access to care.
Jeremy Hunt said he was extremely impressed by Streatham High Practice and AT Medics’ pioneering contributions to NHS Primary Care.
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Streatham Place Surgery hosted a successful Health & Wellness Open Day for all members of the public on Wednesday 28th October 2015.
The event was well attended, mixed with members of the general public, registered patients, PPG Chair Peter Besong, representatives of the Lambeth and Streatham PPG networks, and a Healthwatch representative.
Attendees met the new GP Director at Streatham Place Surgery, Dr Tarek Radwan, and new members of the practice team as well as the existing practice staff. The event helped to promote the role and benefits of Streatham Place Surgery, planned and ongoing improvements, as well as raising awareness about a number of local healthcare service providers accessible through the surgery for patients and residents of Lambeth. A number of patients also signed up to the Patient Participation Group at the practice, a practice/patient partnership group designed to help ensure that the practice meets the needs of all of its patients.
Local service providers included Mosaic Clubhouse, a mental health support provider, Lambeth and Southwark Action on Malnutrition Project, Lambeth Carers Hub and New Park Pharmacy.
Staff at Streatham Place Surgery also provided services on the day: Healthcare Assistant Rita Patel provided over 10 free mini-health checks and Senior Receptionist Nishali Fernando made many children happy with free face painting.
AT Medics were delighted to host this event, and extend special thanks to the practice team who made this all possible.