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New 'super surgeries' at Charing Cross and Hammersmith hospitals

New super surgeries are set to be developed at Charing Cross and Hammersmith Hospitals to complement existing emergency care provision. The new super surgeries will be led by GPs and based alongside accident and emergency at both Charing Cross and Hammersmith Hospitals. The centres will provide initial assessment of patients self-presenting with urgent care needs and treatment for those whose condition is best treated by a primary care specialist such as a GP or nurse practitioner.

In addition, the super surgeries will build their own lists of registered patients and provide high quality planned primary care. An out-of-hours service for these patients and those registered at all other Hammersmith and Fulham GP practices will also be provided. A 24-hour telephone line will allow people to book appointments at the hospital-based practices, home visits and appointments with a range of community nursing services. Longer appointments can also be requested – a service that patients, particularly those with long-term conditions, have said they would like to see available.

The super surgeries will be developed and run by Partnership for Health which comprises Imperial College Healthcare, London Central and West Unscheduled Care Collaborative and Central West London NHS Community Services (CWLCS). The partnership will have its own board of directors, chaired by Professor George Alberti of Imperial College London.

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