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Minister opens new easy-access health centre

7 July 2009

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A GP surgery that stays open seven days a week until 10pm is up and running in Essex.

The new North Colchester Healthcare Centre was opened by health minister, Mike O’Brien, and is part of a government programme to increase access to family doctor services.

The clinic, which opens its doors at 7 am, allows patients to register with a doctor there or use its facilities even if they are still registered with another GP.

Patients turning up at the site can take advantage of additional services such as a minor injuries unit, blood testing and contraceptive services.

Mr O’Brien said: “The North Colchester Healthcare Centre will offer any member of the public the greater choice and flexibility they want, being able to see a doctor or nurse between 7 am and 10 pm, seven days a week, while still remaining registered with their own GP or they can choose to register at the centre if they find it more convenient.”

In a bid to provide greater access to health services, the government is providing extra funding to open 152 GP health centres and more than 100 GP practices in the most poorly served areas.

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