23.03.2012

Newcastle’s newest Health Centre officially opened by the Rt. Hon Nick Brown, MP

Member of Parliament for Newcastle upon Tyne East, Rt. Hon Nick Brown, officially opened Newcastle’s newest, state of the art Health Centre today when he visited the Benfield Park Healthcare and Diagnostic Centre in Walkergate.

Mr Brown was introduced to the new Health Centre by a welcoming committee which included Sir Leonard Fenwick CBE, Chief Executive, Mr Kingsley Smith OBE, Chairman and other representatives from the Newcastle Hospitals as well as GPs and other practice staff who moved into their new home at the beginning of March.

Mr Smith opened the proceedings by welcoming Mr Brown and said how the Newcastle Hospitals had been delighted to work with the GP practice, Newcastle Commissioners and many other stakeholders who all made this exciting new development possible.  Mr Smith said “This is a fantastic example of partners working together to provide truly integrated services within a superb new facility. I see this way of working as the future for the provision of healthcare for our local community.”

Mr Brown thanked Mr Smith and said “Whilst the way we deliver health care may change over time, providing frontline services does not and is always greatly valued.  Sir Leonard is a major advocate for healthcare in the North East - there is no more formidable champion. This is reflected in the high quality services available for the people in Newcastle today, from community healthcare to internationally respected services at the Freeman and RVI.”

Mr Brown closed by saying that is was an honour to be invited to unveil the plaque and officially open the new Health Centre. “This is fantastic building and demonstrates what a difference to service delivery a premises can make.”

Dr Paul Netts, Partner and GP Lead for Benfield Park Medical Group expressed thanks on behalf of the practice. “We are thrilled to be in this magnificent building and have a lot of people to thank, not least Sir Leonard for giving us the opportunity to be involved in this exciting development. These fantastic new facilities will really help us to close the gap between medical and social care, helping us to provide a truly holistic service for our patients. This Health Centre will not only benefit the people who live in the Walkergate area but those living further afield as the Centre will offer outreach services provided by the Newcastle Hospitals. People are already delighted to hear we have access to x-ray and ultrasound facilities.”

In closing, Sir Leonard gave formal thanks to Mr Brown and presented a gift as a token of appreciation – a beautiful print of the River Tyne.  Sir Leonard said “We will continue to look after local people working with first class GPs and our many other supporters. This development has enabled us to work more closely with our colleagues at Newcastle City Council than ever before and I would wish to commend the support we have received from Mr Brown over the years.”

Notes to Editors:

On Monday 5th March 2012 the Heaton Medical Centre - previously based at 37A Heaton Road, Newcastle - changed its name to Benfield Park Medical Group and relocated to the Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust’s brand new £4m Benfield Park Healthcare and Diagnostic Centre located on Benfield Road in Walkergate, Newcastle, and built on the site of the old Walkergate Hospital.

The centre brings GP services, a number of hospital clinics - previously only provided at main hospital sites - and a retail community pharmacy service together under one roof.

The services to be provided by Newcastle Hospitals will include:

• Radiology (plain x-ray and ultrasound)
• Audiology Assessment and Hearing Aid repair services
• Pulmonary Rehabilitation
• Clinics for Women’s Health
• Musculo Skeletal Clinics including hip and knee replacement follow-ups and rheumatoid arthritis annual reviews
• Paint Management Clinics
• Paediatric Clinics
• Podiatry
• Pre-admission to hospital Assessment Clinics

Newcastle Hospitals and the GP practice have also worked closely with the Women’s Royal Voluntary Service (WRVS) to develop an innovative, volunteer led community transport scheme for patients who will have genuine difficulty accessing the centre by public transport.

The WRVS will also offer a café service, which will be available to patients and visitors using the site, soon after the centre fully opens.

New details for Benfield Park Medical Group

New telephone number 0191 282 1010
New website www.benfieldparkmedicalgroup.co.uk 

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