We began with just 12 member practices, all with Limited by Guarantee shares in the business. Our shareholders then elected board members who, working closely with NHS Heywood, Middleton and Rochdale PCT (Primary Care Trust), GPs and practices, began to develop the initial community care services.
We faced the question: how do we deliver care close to home, saving patients and GPs time and money? With community care at the heart of all we do we opened the doors to The Kingsway Practice in 2009, and 4 years later gained borough-wide provider status.
We put in place efficient, cost-effective structures to make GP appointments easier and increase the standard of community care. With hard work and true dedication to your patients we now provide.
- Domiciliary phlebotomy service
- Paediatric phlebotomy service
- Community Gynaecology Service for Heywood, Middleton and Rochdale (HMR)
GP Care Services Ltd acquired The Village Medical Centre in February 2017 which was rated inadequate at a previous inspection in September 2016. The practice was then inspected on 20 June 2017. The inspection was a comprehensive inspection under the Health and Social Care Act 2008. At that inspection the practice had made significant improvements and was then rated requires improvement overall because within the key questions safe and effective areas were still identified as requiring improvement as the practice was not yet meeting requirements at that time.
This focused follow up inspection on 29 September 2017 was to confirm the required actions had been completed and award a new rating in the domains of safe and effective. The improvements we found mean that the practice is now rated ‘good’ for being safe and effective and is now rated good overall. The practice is also rated as ‘good’ for its services to all population groups.
In addition, we extended our services to include Adult Social Care in 2018 as we opened The Willows Dementia Hub, a specialist centre providing high-quality support and care for people in Heywood, Middleton, and Rochdale Living with dementia and their families. Through structured support, coordination and commitment we are making a real difference to care within your local community. We know our GPs and will always provide local care for local people with our team of dedicated specialists