Drop-in GP surgery to open next month

PUBLISHED: 09:58 27 January 2010 | UPDATED: 11:38 25 May 2010

A NEW walk-in centre offering advice on addiction, nutrition and exercise is due to open its doors next month.

A NEW walk-in centre offering advice on addiction, nutrition and exercise is due to open its doors next month.

The health facility in Weston's Boulevard is on schedule to open in the week starting February 15.

Access to expert programmes and specialists will be available, along with the chance to get support with diets or quitting smoking.

There will also be GPs on hand at the former Heli Beds outlet for those who are not registered with one of the district's surgeries.

NHS North Somerset procurement manager Chris Morton has been working on the project for about 18 months.

He said: "There will be two parts to the walk-in centre, one being the GP-led health centre and the second being the service offered by a range of health trainers.

"A drop-in facility is needed to enable us to access hard to reach groups.

"We also recognise that Weston is a tourist destination and draws people in the holiday trade for only part of the year, who may not be registered with a doctor here."

Behaviour therapy and help with addictions will be just two of the things offered by health trainers at the centre, which has been funded by NHS North Somerset and will be run by its employees, as well as GPs, representatives from company Gryphon Health and out of hours service Harmoni.

Mr Morton added: "We are trying to provide the appropriate services to meet genuine needs.

"Parts of central ward are recognised as areas of social deprivation.

"This isn't a facility for people who already have a GP and feel they need an appointment quicker.

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