08 January 2010,

Bradford LIFT - GP-Run Hillside Bridge Health Care Centre Declared a Success

One year on from its opening, staff and patients at the first GP-run health centre of its kind in the country have declared themselves very pleased with the service.

NHS Bradford and Airedale commissioned the service for the benefit of local patients at Hillside Bridge Health Care Centre in Butler Street, Barkerend, Bradford, and it was officially opened by the then Health Secretary Alan Johnson.

It is open from 8am to 8pm, seven days a week, 365 days a year, offering treatment without an appointment even if a patient is not registered with a GP - even on Christmas Day.

The Bradford centre is run by Local Care Direct, a social enterprise organisation, and was built through the Local Improvement Finance Trust Bradford & Airedale Care Partnerships Limited

Denise Stevens, local care direct area manager for Bradford, said patient surveys had revealed a high satisfaction with the service but the real testament had been the number of patients who had turned up to use it.

"This is a shining example of services being developed in response to the needs of people in the local community and local organisations working together in partnership for the benefit of patients," she said.

"The staff are very experienced and understand the needs of the local community. As the service is provided from brand new premises, it helps to increase job satisfaction."

Catherine Thatcher, deputy director of primary care for NHS Bradford and Airedale, said 500 patients registered with the practice in its first nine months.

She said: "I know it is very busy and I think we are very pleased about that because it has added to the options available to local people.

"If you look at the number of patients per GP in the area, it is fewer than it was a year ago and that is continuing to go down.

"From a value for money perspective we are very pleased as it does not cost more than regular general practice."

For further details please contact LIFTCo Bradford & Airedale Care Partnerships Limited