The NHS has revealed regional information on the services provided.
Strategies have been published as to how each region will make services fit for the needs of the 21st century. In practice, this also shows how each region plans to meet funding gaps and highlights which services are under threat.
North West London
The North West London area encompasses local authorities Brent; Hammersmith & Fulham, Harrow; Hillingdon; Hounslow; Kensington and Chelsea; and the City of Westminster. This area also includes The Smart Clinics’ Brompton Cross location.
The North West London region is projected to have a £1.4 billion funding gap by 2020-21.
BBC Health have analysed the plan and summarise its findings:
“The core of the plan involves shifting patient care from acute into local care settings and health and social care working together more closely. A plan to reduce the number of major hospitals in north west London from nine to five was agreed in 2012. The plan says more than 30% of patients in acute hospitals do not need to be there and could be treated in or nearer to home. It plans to reduce demand for acute services by investing in proactive, out-of-hospital care, in particular primary care hubs, helping to reduce the number of face-to-face outpatient consultations by up to 40%.
“It also hopes to integrate mental health and physical health support so that there is a co-ordinated approach, particularly for people with dementia and their carers.Other targets include increasing early cancer diagnosis, and reducing the number of people who progress from non-diabetic hyperglycaemia to type 2 diabetes.There are plans to save money by sharing facilities between health, social care and local government, allowing the development of local services hubs. Some £15m will be invested in developing, educating and training staff.”
Full NHS report: www.healthiernorthwestlondon.nhs.uk
While the funding gap clearly must be addressed, it is hard to imagine that these measures will not impact on patient care. The plan includes 4 major hospital closures, 30% fewer patients being looked after in acute care and a 40% reduction in outpatient consultations.
The shift towards community care is likely to put pressure on GP practices too – an area which is already under strain – leading to growing waiting times to see a doctor.
Private Healthcare London
With pressure growing on the NHS, clients may consider the private sector. For example, The Smart Clinics’ website has seen a 20% increase in interest in private GP services in the first 2 months of 2017 vs the previous year.
Private GPs provide a readily available healthcare service with generous appointment times and no waiting lists.
The Smart Clinics offers private GP services together with a team of experienced GPs as well as a range of private health services and dentistry at two London clinics based in Brompton Cross and Wandsworth.
The company was founded in 2013 is an independent company with a genuine commitment to quality healthcare.
The company is best known for its unique membership based private GP service with access to a friendly team of experienced doctors, which entitles individuals, families and corporate members to unlimited GP access for a monthly fee. Patients are also welcome on a ‘pay as you go’ basis.
For more information, telephone our team on 020 7052 0070.