MP for Portsmouth South, Stephen Morgan, has visited staff at the new 24/7 primary care service in central Portsmouth.
The Integrated Primary Care Service has been established to enhance patient experience and improve access to GP services in the city. The service opened earlier this year and incorporates the existing Acute Visiting Service and Extended Access Service and adds Out of Hours provision overnight.
The linking of these services leads to the provision of a more streamlined and unified model for people needing urgent out-of-hospital care.
Appointments can be accessed during the evenings and weekends at a city-wide hub at Lake Road Health Centre. Additional routine appointments are available as well as urgent same-day appointment every day until 10pm 365 days a year.
The service sees around 2,500 patients referred each month.
Stephen Morgan MP, said:
“The IPC Service is a brilliant example of our city’s NHS innovating and improving in the face of significant demographic and financial challenges.
The commitment and skill of the staff I spoke to was obvious and this new system will ensure that they can continue to help people in Portsmouth.
This is an incredibly busy service and this new integration should go some way in reducing pressure on our A&E as well as improving access to GPs.”