South Lincolnshire Clinical Commissioning Group has announced the award of an Alternative Provider Medical Services (APMS) contract, to initially be based at Johnson Community Hospital, Spalding, to Lincolnshire Community Health Services NHS Trust (LCHS).
This follows a series of drop-in and consultation events run by the CCG towards the end of 2018 to look at the provision of primary care/GP services in Spalding, which provided the opportunity for local people to share their views and concerns.
With effect from 1 October 2019, the new APMS contract will replace the current interim arrangements provided by LCHS at Johnson Community Hospital, Spalding, which have been in place since 8 September 2018, and will provide primary care/GP services.
An important part of the new APMS contract is the option to move to an alternative site on the west of Spalding, as and when such a site becomes available, allowing the flexibility to react to factors such as housing developments.
“Our preference is to occupy a site on the west of the town,” explains Hilary Daniels, Chair, South Lincolnshire Clinical Commissioning Group’s Primary Care Commissioning Committee. “This very much remains an aspiration of the CCG and we acknowledge that, as housing developments progress, demand for GP services will increase, particularly on this side of Spalding.
“Providing the highest quality GP services, as well as continuity of care, for patients is vitally important. The feedback on the service provided by LCHS to-date at the Johnson GP Centre has been positive and we welcome the stability that should be provided with LCHS continuing.”
There remain some issues to be resolved, particularly around transport, and the CCG will continue to work hard with its partners locally to find solutions. In addition, it has continued to liaise with local councillors and Sir John Hayes, MP for South Holland and The Deepings.
“Like the CCG, my concern is to ensure that people in west Spalding are able to access high quality GP services and, having met recently with the CCG and Councillor Angela Newton for an update re the new APMS contract, I am confident local people will continue to be able to access the services they need. Similarly, whilst we acknowledge there are some challenges that remain outstanding, I am reassured that between us we will find appropriate solutions. I will always champion the NHS and the care of local people,” comments Sir John Hayes.
Patients already registered at the Johnson GP Centre do not need to do anything, they will continue to be able to access primary care/GP services there in the same way from 1 October, plus the practice’s list remains open to new patients.