Date of release: July 6th 2018
The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust has marked the NHS’s 70th birthday by welcoming another GP practice to the Trust.
Coalway Road Surgery, based in Wolverhampton, has become the latest surgery to decide to work together with The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust (RWT).
The joint working is part of a programme aimed at improving the coordination of services and providing resilience to general practices.
The Vertical Integration (VI) programme launched in 2016, and since then has grown to become a fully functional primary care service within RWT.
According to the latest data, since working with the Trust patient satisfaction at the GP practices has increased.
It can be seen from the results of the GP patient survey that VI practices show an improvement in 21 out of the 23 patient questions / outcomes when comparing results.
There has also been an 11 per cent reduction in emergency admissions for patients.
Since the programme started there has been a rise of 30,000 patient appointments, increase in opening hours of practices and the addition of Saturday appointments.
David Loughton, Chief Executive of The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust, said: “I am delighted that the team from Coalway Road Surgery have decided to work more closely with us and welcome them to the Trust.
“It is great to celebrate such an innovative project on the day the NHS turns 70. It just shows how far the NHS has come over the last 70 years.”
Theresa Philips, Interim Practice Manager at Coalway Road Surgery, said: “The practice feels that joining RWT will allow them to develop working relationships with the hospital and other GP practices to ensure the patients receive the appropriate care and attention.
“This will increase the number of services for our patients, as they will be able to access a GP during weekends and Bank Holidays. “We as a practice feel this is the way forward in care where both secondary and primary care work together as one.
“We are quite excited about the move and feel that our working relationships with both the Trust and other practices can only get stronger.”
For more information on the project visit, www.royalwolverhampton.nhs.uk/about-us/primary-care/
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