Healthy in St Helens
Aspect Health was the main partner with The St Helens Rotary Club on 24 and 25 April at a pioneering 'Healthy in St Helens' event. Doctors and nurses from Aspect Health participated in the steering group to create this new event, working with Rotary, the local authority, NHS Halton and St Helens and other organisations (including Boots the Chemist, JD Sports and Fitness, "The Saints" Rugby League) to create a two-day health event to raise the profile of healthy living, eating, exercise and the prevention of heart and stroke disease. Senior Aspect Health doctors and nurses were on-site at the event for the two day duration, providing blood pressure and blood sugar readings, answering general queries and providing support to all visitors.
Aspect Health win contract to provide new GP services in St Helens
Aspect Health win contract to provide new GP services in St Helens NHS Halton and St Helens has awarded a new contract that will see extra GP provision within St Helens. Sherdley Medical Centre, which will be based within St Helens Hospital, will provide residents of Thatto Heath, Marshalls Cross and the surrounding area with a new GP surgery providing 60.5 hours of medical care. The new practice will become operational from 1st September 2009.
Commenting on the awarding of the contract, NHS Halton and St Helens Interim Chief Executive, Ian Williamson, said “We have awarded the contract to Aspect Health. Following an open and fair procurement process, 8 potential providers were shortlisted from the independent sector, existing GP partnerships and social enterprise. Their proposals were rigorously evaluated by a panel against clear criteria for quality, and value for money.
In addition to the contract to provide a new GP Practice within St Helens Hospital, Aspect Health (a group of 4 St Helens Teaching Practices) has been awarded the contract to provide a ‘virtual’ practice called Eldercare. Eldercare will provide a home visiting service for the frail, vulnerable and elderly, predominantly to residential and nursing homes. Services will commence from 1st April 2009 and will be the first of its kind in the North West.
These developments are part of the Government’s drive to improve the public’s access to primary care services, ensuring communities have access to high quality primary health care services in easy to reach locations.
Pictured from left to right: Ian Williamson, Interim Chief Executive – NHS Halton and St Helens; Dr Simon Hargreaves, CEO – Aspect Health Ltd; Jim Wilson, Chair – NHS Halton and St Helens