What new GP health centre at the QE2 will offer

SIR – Over the last couple of months, much has been written about GP-health centres and polyclinics. At recent meetings with community groups including the health working group chaired by Welwyn Hatfield Council, we have been asked to spell out what is be

SIR - Over the last couple of months, much has been written about GP-health centres and polyclinics. At recent meetings with community groups including the health working group chaired by Welwyn Hatfield Council, we have been asked to spell out what is being planned locally and to reassure people that there is no threat to existing local practices.

In spring 2009, a GP-led health centre will open on the QE2 hospital site. It will offer:

'Walk-in' appointments to see a doctor or nurse between 8am and 8pm, seven days a week, 365 days a year

Healthcare services without the need to register

The choice to register with the health centre and make advance appointments if preferred

The centre is in addition to existing GP practices in the area and no practice will close as a result of the health centre.

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East and North Hertfordshire Primary Care Trust has the responsibility of making the GP-led health centre a reality and has asked potential providers to put forward proposals to develop and run it.

The new GP-led health centre will be an important part of the redevelopment of the QE2 Hospital. We very much welcome the involvement of the Health Working Group in influencing and shaping services locally.

Gareth Jones, director of strategic planning, Hertfordshire PCTs.

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