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Sunday, 05 July 2015

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Workington GPs pilot better healthcare scheme

A £500,000 blueprint for better healthcare in Cumbria will be rolled out in Workington.

In a first for the county, people will be able to see a GP between 8am and 8pm, seven days a week later this year.

Five town doctors’ surgeries will operate the GP centre in Workington Community Hospital, on Park Lane.

Health bosses said that extended opening hours would allow more people to be seen and would reduce emergency hospital admissions by around 100.

Workington was one of seven towns chosen to pilot the new scheme in the North West.

The James Street Group Practice, Oxford Street Surgery, Orchard House Surgery, Solway Health Services and Beechwood Group Practice have been working together to improve patients’ access to doctors seven days a week.

People are invited to a meeting at the town’s St Michael’s Church next Thursday to hear about the plans and contribute ideas.

The meeting starts at 7pm and everyone is welcome.

The surgeries have almost 34,000 people on their books and Dr Neil McGreevy, lead GP for Allerdale, said: “The centre will offer same-day urgent appointments and minor injuries care.

“We will also be implementing a new way for improving long term condition management.

The scheme is supported by a £50m fund launched recently by the Government.

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