Primary care estates
Haringey CCG has been doing a lot of work to improve GP facilities and access to GP surgeries across the borough.
We have worked with NHS England and Haringey Council to develop a primary care estates strategy to address some of the issues around access and resourcing in parts of the borough.
The estates strategy assesses the local areas that require investment to increase capacity and improve access and we have worked closely with the Council to identify suitable sites in Haringey that match the size and location requirements.
In 2016 Haringey CCG was allocated approximately £11 million in provisional funding from NHS England to open three new GP practice buildings in Haringey. These buildings will be modern and purpose built, with the capacity for more patients to use them and for a range of services to be provided alongside GP services.
We have conducted extensive engagement over the years on our primary care estates plan, including sharing updates with residents at our public meetings, working with Patient Participation Groups (PPGs) and getting feedback specifically from residents living in the areas where the new practices will be located to get their views on the design of these buildings and what non-clinical uses they should have.
You can download our engagement summary from the right hand side for further information on how we’ve involved the local community in our primary care estates plan over the years.
Throughout the summer of 2018 staff from Healthwatch Haringey worked closely with the GP practices who are likely to lead the new health centres – Arcadian Gardens Medical Centre, Dowsett Road, Tottenham Hale Medical Practice, and West Green Surgery - to target their PPGs, publicise reference groups aligned to each practice and to conduct an online survey aimed at the practices’ patients.
The second phase of engagement will take place over February and March 2019. This will focus on all the GP practices that are likely to be affected by the proposals and will involve Healthwatch Haringey visiting all of those practices to carry out face to face conversations and questionnaires with residents and patients. Demographic information will be collected to identify if the cohort being engaged is representative of the patients registered with each practice.
Healthwatch will analyse the outcomes of the engagement, including the demographics, which will inform the next stage of our engagement plans.