In the UK, there is much talk of the concept of ‘joined up,’ quality, healthcare provided locally for patients – but does it happen in reality?
In South Elmsall, just outside Pontefract in West Yorkshire, the White Rose Surgery and Healthy Living Centre there is proof that where there is a will, there’s a way...
The centre grew out of the GP Practice of the same name when Dr Raj Aggarwal and his partners decided to start providing more services for their patients - on the spot. Instead of having to travel to one of the region’s District General Hospitals for blood tests or specialist clinics – patients can now be seen and treated at the centre for most conditions and procedures up to and including surgery that would be treated as a day case in hospital.
As well as the GP Practice, the complex now incorporates a minor injuries unit which is open seven days a week, while the healthy living centre facilities include two dental suites, an audiology booth, a bone density scanner and a gym where patients are referred for weight management and can also follow and be supported in programmes set out by physiotherapists and the centre’s muscular skeletal consultant.
Anetic Aid’s QA4 M Surgery Trolleys and accessories - including Power Assisted Lithotomy Stirrups - and Tourniquet Systems are used in a fully equipped theatre where day case procedures including general surgery, gynaecology, urology, ophthalmology and orthopaedics, are carried out.
The centre also has four QA3 Patient Transport Trolleys – some of which are used in a dedicated colonoscopy/endoscopy suite - as well as for more general patient transport and treatment. The next development, due to be ready this autumn, is an on-site X-Ray facility.
Said Dr Aggarwal: ‘I first started at the surgery 29 years ago when things were very different. The centre has grown out of a desire to provide a dedicated, local, service to patients. Obviously we did not have the whole plan back then – the services have grown and evolved over time and we hope they will continue to do so – time will tell!
‘We are very proud of what we have achieved – I certainly don’t know of a centre quite like this one.’