Bid success means better GP facilities for Northumberland

Anne Ashley, community matron (back centre), with members of Northumbria Healthcare's community nursing team in Alnwick who are based at Bondgate Surgery in the town.
Anne Ashley, community matron (back centre), with members of Northumbria Healthcare's community nursing team in Alnwick who are based at Bondgate Surgery in the town.

A series of successful funding bids by local doctors are set to improve GP facilities for Northumberland residents over the coming year.

Seven practices in the county are in line for support from the Primary Care Infrastructure Fund following an announcement by Ministers this week. The bids, which were supported by NHS Northumberland Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), have secured funding for improvements to practice buildings in Prudhoe and Alnwick this year, with funding supported in principle for Stocksfield, Berwick and both Brockwell and Village surgeries in Cramlington.

Dr Alistair Blair, chief clinical officer at NHS Northumberland Clinical Commissioning Group, said: “This is great news for patients, and will make a real difference both to the quality of practice buildings and accessibility of appointments available to patients. The projects are all based on local need, with a shared focus on improving facilities and making it easier for patients to access healthcare in their communities.”

Tony Brown, manager of the Bondgate Surgery in Alnwick, said: “The practices in Alnwick are extremely pleased to be part of a successful bid to improve infrastructure in the area. We look forward to working with all local NHS organisations to further develop and improve patient care.”

One practice set to be on the move is Well Close Medical Group in Berwick. Managing Partner Hilary Brown said: “We are delighted to be supported in this exciting opportunity to work more closely with Northumbria Healthcare Foundation Trust by relocating into the new hospital development. Patients will benefit from an integrated service and remodelling of GP and hospital care to meet our patients’ needs now and in the future.”