NEMS to provide GP Out of Hours Service
We’re pleased to announce that Nottingham Emergency Medical Service (NEMS) Community Benefit Services Ltd have won the contract to deliver Out-of-Hours GP Services to the populations of Nottingham City, Rushcliffe, Nottingham North and East and Nottingham West Clinical Commissioning Groups. The new contract will commence on 1 October 2014 and will run for a period of three years; with a possible extension for a further two years.
NEMS CBS have been delivering these services in Nottingham since 2004 and are a trusted provider in the local health community, with a workforce of local GPs who know the area and the needs of local patients. NEMS CBS submitted an innovative bid as part of a robust procurement process ahead of a number of other competing bidders. The new service will provide a number of additional benefits to the people of Nottingham:
- The service will be re-located to modern premises adjacent to Nottingham railway station; improving both the environment that the service is delivered from and providing car parking facilities and good access via public transport
- A new IT system will be adopted that will allow clinicians to see GP practice records (with appropriate consent from the patient) to help them to provide the most appropriate care when the patient’s GP practice is closed
- Walk-in access will be provided for selected groups of patients who find it difficult to access the current service via a telephone assessment from NHS 111.
Dawn Smith, Chief Officer for NHS Nottingham City Clinical Commissioning Group, said:
“Good access to Out-of-Hours GP services is something that we know is very important to patients and is an area that Nottingham has performed strongly in for many years. We have commissioned NEMS CBS to provide this service for the next three to five years and look forward to working with them to ensure that this service is delivered effectively and efficiently with a continued emphasis on improving quality.”