GP’s in Barking and Dagenham and Havering, with the support of local MP Jon Cruddas, have successfully applied for a £5.6M grant to implement improved access to services and to further support complex care needs.
This additional funding will help services look at how best to meet the needs of patients. As everyone knows, local health services are under real pressure, and GPs are determined to do their bit to help improve care for patients in the local community.
The funding will help GP’s to implement plans focused on two stands of work:
Improved Access - for patients through better access to appointments within and outside of core hours, with a simpler point of entry. Local people will be offered more urgent week day appointments between 6.30pm and 10pm, with extra urgent appointments at the weekend – all in addition to normal GP opening hours.
Complex Care - focusing on complex patients with increased need for specialist skills. Local GP's can support people with complex health problems with a dedictaed team of clinicians including a GP, practice nurse and consultant.
Local GP’s know that the bid being successful is just the start. The ambition is not just to reduce appointment waiting times by offering better access to GP’s, but also to give patients better, innovative care more tailored to their individual needs.
The additional funding will enable local GP’s to lead the way in creating sustainable, innovative and high-quality primary care services for local people.
Jon Cruddas MP, who supported the application for extra funding, said “Local healthcare provision is a big concern in Dagenham and Rainham. At my advice surgeries I always hear from my constituents who have had problems either getting appointments or needing specialist care for very complex conditions. With this extra funding I hope GP’s will be able to implement a better service to the public in Dagenham and Rainham.”
If you have any issues with local healthcare provision that Jon Cruddas MP may be able to help with please call his office on 020 8984 7854.