from Wandsworth Guardian (online) 7 September 2009
by Paul Cahalan
A new GP-led health centre in Battersea, which will be open 12 hours a day and seven days a week, has been given the go-ahead after Wandsworth Council approved planning permission.
NHS Wandsworth, the borough’s health authority, said the new centre at Grant Road, situated next the Clapham Junction Station, would allow greater access to GPs when it opens next year.
An NHS Wandsworth spokeswoman said the centre would offer services for both registered and unregistered patients from 8am to 8pm, seven days a week, including bank holidays.
She said: “It will offer bookable and walk-in appointments, diagnostic testing and treatments for minor illnesses and injuries. It will also provide additional GP registration capacity in the area for up to 6,000 new patients.”
Graham Mackenzie, director of commissioning at NHS Wandsworth. said: “Based in the heart of a busy residential and commuter area, the new service could not have been placed in a better location.
“The GP led-health centre will significantly extend the healthcare options open to people living and working in Battersea and north Wandsworth.
"Not only complementing existing GP provision, including the 12 GP surgeries already offering increased opening hours in the area, the centre also allows us to provide the additional services local residents told us they wanted as part of their response to the Battersea and north Wandsworth consultation.”
Date posted: 8 September 2009