Turnaround for health centre

PUBLISHED: 16:00 05 June 2013

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WORLE Health Centre bosses say the practice has been 'turned around' and now boasts a full clinical staff and two new GPs.

Since Malling Health took over the practice in September 2010, the company found it difficult to attract new clinical staff, due to high workloads left by the outgoing organisation. This resulted in a high turnover of part time GPs.

Practice manager, Steven Edwards, said: “We managed to recruit a very experienced new GP, Dr Jeff Ford, in August last year. With his drive and enthusiasm we have managed to turn the practice around and attract some very good GPs.”

Dr Elizabeth Doyle and Dr Tim Smith joined the health centre, in High Street, in April and an advanced nurse practitioner, two practice nurses and a health care assistant have also started.

Mr Edwards said: “With the new team in place for the long term, we hope the difficulties our patients experienced in the past are behind us.”

The recruitment of the new team has coincided with substantial investment in the premises by the outgoing Primary Care Trust.

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