Successful funding for GP surgeries

Brockwell Medical Group in Cramlington.
Brockwell Medical Group in Cramlington.
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Two GP surgeries in Cramlington are to improve their facilities after being included in a successful funding bid.

A series of successful funding bids by local doctors are set to improve GP facilities for Northumberland residents over the coming year.

This is an exciting opportunity to support Northumberland’s Primary and Acute Care Vanguard vision and deliver innovative and integrated healthcare in partnership with Northumbria Foundation Trust, Northumberland CCG and social services.

Dr Aamir Munir

Seven practices in the county are in line for support from the Primary Care Infrastructure Fund.

The bids, which were supported by NHS Northumberland Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), have secured funding for improvements to buildings in Prudhoe and Alnwick, with funding in principle for Stocksfield, Berwick, and Brockwell and Village surgeries in Cramlington.

Brockwell Medical Group is set to develop a new surgery building with a range of community healthcare services including a local walk-in centre to reduce demand for A&E services.

The practice’s Dr Aamir Munir said: “We are delighted to have received agreement in principle for our proposed relocation to the new Northumbria Specialist Emergency Care Hospital site.

“This is an exciting opportunity to deliver innovative and integrated healthcare in partnership with Northumbria Foundation Trust, Northumberland CCG and social services.”

David Shannon, managing partner at the Village Surgery, said: “This funding will enable us to further extend the number of consulting and treatment rooms so we can see more patients more often and ultimately reduce unnecessary emergency attendances or avoidable admissions.”

Dr Alistair Blair, chief clinical officer at NHS Northumberland Clinical Commissioning Group, said: “This is great news for patients, and will make a real difference both to the quality of practice buildings and accessibility of appointments available to patients.

“The projects are all based on local need, with a shared focus on improving facilities and making it easier for patients to access healthcare in their communities.”