08 January 2010,

SW Hants LIFT - GP Practice to Open its Doors to 6000 Southampton Patients

It will be even easier for people in Southampton to access their GP with the opening of the new Adelaide GP Surgery next week (Tuesday 12 January 2010).

Based at the brand new Adelaide Health Centre, which is also home to a range of NHS services, the surgery will offer extended opening hours of 8am to 8pm, seven days week, excluding bank holidays.

With both male and female doctors, the Adelaide GP Surgery will provide the same care offered by a traditional GP practice including flu jabs, blood tests, health promotion services, whilst also being located in the same building as a number of important NHS services. Patients who register with the surgery will be able to see a doctor every day by appointment, and will have the added benefit of being able to walk-in to see an experienced nurse without an appointment between 8am and 8pm.

Dave Meehan, Managing Director, at Southampton Community Healthcare said: "These are exciting times. We are proud to be providing people in Southampton with the opportunity to register with a brand new GP Surgery with the added benefit of a walk-in service for registered patients. The new Surgery, which will have capacity for 6,000 patients, will make it even easier for people to see a GP and other healthcare professionals."

Lead GP, Dr Mike Brooke who has been a practicing GP in Southampton since 1988 and who was previously based at Atherley House Surgery, said: "The new facilities are good news for people living in the West of Southampton. The staff at the surgery are looking forward to providing patients with high-quality care in a modern and purpose built health setting. We look forward to welcoming the first patients to the new Surgery."

Bob Deans, Chief Executive, NHS Southampton City, welcomed the opening, saying: "The Adelaide GP Surgery will be a fantastic addition to the NHS services available in Southampton and I am delighted it will officially open to the public next week. The 8am to 8pm opening times will offer improved access and join the majority of practices in Southampton now offering greater flexibility to Southampton patients through extended hours."

Bob Deans continued: "The new surgery has the added benefit of offering a walk-in service for registered patients, and is based within a state-of-the-art building which is home to a wide range of NHS services. This one-stop-shop feature will mean that those patients who require a wide-range of healthcare treatments will be able to receive excellent care in one, easy to access location. NHS Southampton City is committed to ensuring that healthcare in Southampton meets the real needs of our people, and the opening of the Adelaide GP Surgery is a key development in improving the health of patients and the City as a whole."

www.adelaidegpsurgery.nhs.uk

For further details please contact South West Hampshire LIFT Ltd