Contract awarded for GP out-of-hours service

North Hampshire Urgent Care has been awarded the contract to provide GP out-of-hours (OOH) services for patients in north east Hampshire, Farnham and Surrey Heath from 1 October for two years.

NHS North East Hampshire and Farnham Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and NHS Surrey Heath CCG worked together on the procurement process, as both current contracts expire on 30 September.

The new contract also covers 20,000 patients registered at the Sandhurst Group Practice, part of NHS Bracknell and Ascot CCG.

Dr Andy Whitfield, chair of NHS North East Hampshire and Farnham CCG, said: "OOH services are invaluable in delivering out of hospital care at nights and weekends when GP surgeries are closed. These help patients to manage their illness at home, thereby reducing unnecessary admission to hospital.

"North Hampshire Urgent Care provides our current OOH service in north east Hampshire, and I'm very pleased that it will continue to offer its high standard of patient care from October onwards. It has demonstrated a clear commitment to providing convenient, timely, dependable and accessible services across our patch.

"Harmoni is the current provider of OOH services in Farnham, and I would like to thank it for the service it has provided to patients in the town. I'm confident that there will be a smooth transfer of service over the next month."

Dr Andy Brooks, chief officer at NHS Surrey Heath CCG, said: "I'm pleased that North Hampshire Urgent Care, the current incumbent of OOH services in Surrey Heath, is able to continue providing a quality service for our patients.

"We're all committed to commissioning the right care for patients at the right time, in the right place, and by the right healthcare professional."

Notes

The OOH service provides cover for GP surgeries outside normal working hours – between 6.30pm and 8am Monday to Thursday; from 6.30pm Friday until 8am on Monday; and during bank holidays.

2) The new contracts cover 173,000 patients in north east Hampshire, 46,500 in Farnham, and 90,000 in Surrey Heath. It also covers 20,000 patients registered with the Sandhurst Group Practice, part of NHS Bracknell and Ascot CCG

3) For more information, visit:

NHS Surrey Heath CCG: www.surreyheathccg.nhs.uk
North Hampshire Urgent Care: www.nhuc.co.uk

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