New health centre opening in Grays High Street

Thurrock Gazette: Marc Davis, director of primary care at NHS South West Essex, Lesley Hicks and Reshad Ghoorun outside the new centre Marc Davis, director of primary care at NHS South West Essex, Lesley Hicks and Reshad Ghoorun outside the new centre

THE finishing touches to the new Thurrock Health Centre are taking place ahead of the opening on Monday (May 31).

The former Woolworths store in Grays High Street will offer GP and nurse appointments to registered patients, as well as walk-in services to those who are not registered from 8am to 8pm.

Marc Davis, Director of Primary and Community Care at NHS South West Essex, said: "We are delighted that two years of hard work and commitment to bring south west Essex its first GP service open 12 hours a day, 365 days a year, is almost complete.

“Any patient - wherever they live - will be able to walk-in and wait to see a GP or nurse at the Thurrock Health Centre, which is a huge step forward for the residents of Grays and beyond.”

The three-storey premises offers 1,292 metres-squared of floor space dedicated to healthcare.

The ground floor has been refurbished to offer GP services including 10 consulting rooms, three treatment rooms, a room just for examinations and blood testing, two waiting areas, two reception areas - one for booked appointments and the other for walk-in appointments.

The former shop window also has an area with computers giving people free access to health-related websites.

NHS South West Essex has appointed College Health Ltd to provide the GP services at the centre.

Dr Pro Mallik, medical director of College Health Ltd said: “The building is nearly ready and we are confident that it will be the flagship centre for College Health.

“Our interim service while the building is being refitted has been very successful and we hope to build on this further when we move to our new premises in the town centre.”

The health centre can be contacted on 01375 898 700 or visit www.swessex.nhs.uk or www.college-health.co.uk for more information.

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4:46pm Mon 24 May 10

Make Thurrock Better says...

All thanks to a Labour government.
All thanks to a Labour government. Make Thurrock Better
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6:29pm Mon 24 May 10

algernon s says...

Make Thurrock Better wrote:
All thanks to a Labour government.
Yes you're right! Thanks to Labour for the wasteful spending of taxpayers money.
[quote][p][bold]Make Thurrock Better[/bold] wrote: All thanks to a Labour government.[/p][/quote]Yes you're right! Thanks to Labour for the wasteful spending of taxpayers money. algernon s
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10:37pm Mon 24 May 10

mpgrays says...

12 hours a day, 365 days a year, the all english signs, will fk most 'just off the boat' customers up!!!!!!!!!
So this 'no medical records neeeded bit' now er............answer
s on the back of a postcard!
12 hours a day, 365 days a year, the all english signs, will fk most 'just off the boat' customers up!!!!!!!!! So this 'no medical records neeeded bit' now er............answer s on the back of a postcard! mpgrays
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12:06am Tue 25 May 10

Frank1 says...

Whole range of services, ability to be seen over a range of times, brings more people into the High Street to maybe spend some money and a bunch of doctors and nurses spending money in town too.

Don't care which party takes the credit, better than an empty shop !
Whole range of services, ability to be seen over a range of times, brings more people into the High Street to maybe spend some money and a bunch of doctors and nurses spending money in town too. Don't care which party takes the credit, better than an empty shop ! Frank1
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1:06am Tue 25 May 10

Mattster says...

Frank1 wrote:
Whole range of services, ability to be seen over a range of times, brings more people into the High Street to maybe spend some money and a bunch of doctors and nurses spending money in town too. Don't care which party takes the credit, better than an empty shop !
Perhaps or maybe it will attract the sort of people who enjoy a five finger discount and like to move their house from field to field.
[quote][p][bold]Frank1[/bold] wrote: Whole range of services, ability to be seen over a range of times, brings more people into the High Street to maybe spend some money and a bunch of doctors and nurses spending money in town too. Don't care which party takes the credit, better than an empty shop ![/p][/quote]Perhaps or maybe it will attract the sort of people who enjoy a five finger discount and like to move their house from field to field. Mattster
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7:02am Tue 25 May 10

pa says...

There are loads of these walk in health centres all over London, mainly in large immigrant population areas. It doesn't take a genius to work out why. So yes, all thanks to a Labour government and it's mass immigration policy and paid for by the British public for the benefit of those that have just arrived. No need for records or ID, suits the illegals down to the ground. I think this is an indictment of Labours record. People can't get onto GP lists any more because most of them are closed because of too much demand. And what I wonder has caused that to happen.
There are loads of these walk in health centres all over London, mainly in large immigrant population areas. It doesn't take a genius to work out why. So yes, all thanks to a Labour government and it's mass immigration policy and paid for by the British public for the benefit of those that have just arrived. No need for records or ID, suits the illegals down to the ground. I think this is an indictment of Labours record. People can't get onto GP lists any more because most of them are closed because of too much demand. And what I wonder has caused that to happen. pa
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7:56am Tue 25 May 10

mikgrays says...

Make Thurrock Better wrote:
All thanks to a Labour government.
My problemis,on the face of it, it seems a good thing,but speaking to friends in London that have these in their area they wont use them because of the druggies,drunks and other unsavoury people that flood into them because of the 'no' questions asked policy,time will tell i suppose..
[quote][p][bold]Make Thurrock Better[/bold] wrote: All thanks to a Labour government.[/p][/quote]My problemis,on the face of it, it seems a good thing,but speaking to friends in London that have these in their area they wont use them because of the druggies,drunks and other unsavoury people that flood into them because of the 'no' questions asked policy,time will tell i suppose.. mikgrays
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8:03am Tue 25 May 10

Baphomet says...

Grays needs somewhere for their 3rd world residents to go with their 3rd world diseases.
Grays needs somewhere for their 3rd world residents to go with their 3rd world diseases. Baphomet
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8:28am Tue 25 May 10

Make Thurrock Better says...

Well people I know will be using this health centre because they commute to London leaving Grays at 7 and are not back until 6.30 5 days a week. If they have to see a doctor they have to take time off work and it is not looked favourably on. I'm sure there are many people in the same position who think provision of this sort of service is long overdue.

As for unsavoury people using the health centre well it can only reflect it's population can't it and we can no more choose the users of such services as hospitals and other GPs surgeries.
Well people I know will be using this health centre because they commute to London leaving Grays at 7 and are not back until 6.30 5 days a week. If they have to see a doctor they have to take time off work and it is not looked favourably on. I'm sure there are many people in the same position who think provision of this sort of service is long overdue. As for unsavoury people using the health centre well it can only reflect it's population can't it and we can no more choose the users of such services as hospitals and other GPs surgeries. Make Thurrock Better
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11:35am Tue 25 May 10

pa says...

I remember when GP's used to open late, until the last Labour government changed their contracts and basically let them work the hours that suited them. Make Thurrock Better, you just can't accept that this is simply more public taxes being spent on people who haven't paid for the service they are going to be the main users of. I would imagine that large numbers of them probably won't even be legally entitled to use them but, because of the bend over backwards attitude of the last government towards immigrants, legal or not, we'll be paying for something that is for the benefit of economic and social scroungers. I say that everyone who agree's with mass immigration should foot the bill for it and those that don't get a tax rebate. We could all go to Greece on holiday and bail them out instead.
I remember when GP's used to open late, until the last Labour government changed their contracts and basically let them work the hours that suited them. Make Thurrock Better, you just can't accept that this is simply more public taxes being spent on people who haven't paid for the service they are going to be the main users of. I would imagine that large numbers of them probably won't even be legally entitled to use them but, because of the bend over backwards attitude of the last government towards immigrants, legal or not, we'll be paying for something that is for the benefit of economic and social scroungers. I say that everyone who agree's with mass immigration should foot the bill for it and those that don't get a tax rebate. We could all go to Greece on holiday and bail them out instead. pa
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12:18pm Tue 25 May 10

jinksbella says...

My family work in London and have a job getting a suitable out of hours appointment so this is great news. Hope the hardworking people of Thurrock get to take advantage of this service.
My family work in London and have a job getting a suitable out of hours appointment so this is great news. Hope the hardworking people of Thurrock get to take advantage of this service. jinksbella
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12:33pm Tue 25 May 10

Make Thurrock Better says...

"I remember when GP's used to open late, until the last Labour government changed their contracts and basically let them work the hours that suited them"

What do you mean by "late?" Most of the GP's in Grays never took appointments after 6pm and that is going back the last 20 years. This new centre is open all day into the evening and at weekends. When did our GP's ever provide that service?
"I remember when GP's used to open late, until the last Labour government changed their contracts and basically let them work the hours that suited them" What do you mean by "late?" Most of the GP's in Grays never took appointments after 6pm and that is going back the last 20 years. This new centre is open all day into the evening and at weekends. When did our GP's ever provide that service? Make Thurrock Better
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9:55pm Tue 25 May 10

karen29 says...

We get a walk in health centre but the Primary Care Trust cut NHS spending in Thurrock by £52.6 million. They give with one hand and take with the other.
We get a walk in health centre but the Primary Care Trust cut NHS spending in Thurrock by £52.6 million. They give with one hand and take with the other. karen29
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9:03am Wed 26 May 10

pa says...

I take my hat off to all the people who work in London from dawn to dusk and would rather drag themselves into work on their death bed than ask their draconian employers for an hour off to go to the doctors. I'm one person who works in London who must have a saint of an employer as I've never had a problem in taking a bit of time off to go to the doctors. If most people are honest, this will probably not occur more than a handfull of times each year and if your employers are that bad, I suggest you take them to a tribunal for bullying. The fact of the matter is this is a service that has as it's main target group the types of people that are likely to want to remain anonymous. It is also likely to be used by large numbers of immigrants, legal or otherwise. It has not got at it's heart the desire to to help people that have lived in Thurrock for a very long time and probably have a GP. I would love to know how much this has cost and what their future budget is going to be and which other areas of health provision in Thurrock is going to be cut to pay for it. For all those that hate their GP so much, change them, but you probably won't be able to because of the effects of the last governments mass immigration policy. Hence a no questions asked walk in centre for immigrants, addicts, drunks and general wasters.
I take my hat off to all the people who work in London from dawn to dusk and would rather drag themselves into work on their death bed than ask their draconian employers for an hour off to go to the doctors. I'm one person who works in London who must have a saint of an employer as I've never had a problem in taking a bit of time off to go to the doctors. If most people are honest, this will probably not occur more than a handfull of times each year and if your employers are that bad, I suggest you take them to a tribunal for bullying. The fact of the matter is this is a service that has as it's main target group the types of people that are likely to want to remain anonymous. It is also likely to be used by large numbers of immigrants, legal or otherwise. It has not got at it's heart the desire to to help people that have lived in Thurrock for a very long time and probably have a GP. I would love to know how much this has cost and what their future budget is going to be and which other areas of health provision in Thurrock is going to be cut to pay for it. For all those that hate their GP so much, change them, but you probably won't be able to because of the effects of the last governments mass immigration policy. Hence a no questions asked walk in centre for immigrants, addicts, drunks and general wasters. pa
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10:35am Thu 27 May 10

Baphomet says...

I try my best not to visit my doctor these days as walking into his waiting room is like walking into a waiting room in Lagos. I'm worried I'll come out with worse than I went in with.
I try my best not to visit my doctor these days as walking into his waiting room is like walking into a waiting room in Lagos. I'm worried I'll come out with worse than I went in with. Baphomet
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2:35pm Thu 27 May 10

Fagashlil says...

Recently, when attempting to make a rare appointment with the local GP, I asked if they provided an out of hour’s service for people like me who work full time away from the area.

They DID but they don’t anymore due to lack of demand.

Apparently there were posters advertising this in the surgery….but if we don’t frequent the surgery, how would we know?


A prime example of those paying into the scheme being left in the dark
Recently, when attempting to make a rare appointment with the local GP, I asked if they provided an out of hour’s service for people like me who work full time away from the area. They DID but they don’t anymore due to lack of demand. Apparently there were posters advertising this in the surgery….but if we don’t frequent the surgery, how would we know? A prime example of those paying into the scheme being left in the dark Fagashlil
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9:20pm Fri 28 May 10

djjerryatric1944 says...

Baphomet I've got some bad news for you I'm afraid. I've been doing some research and I found out the following:-

Some modern scholars such as "Peter Partner and Malcolm Barber agree that the name of Baphomet was an Old French corruption of the name Muhammad, with the interpretation being that some of the Templars, through their long military occupation of the Outremer, had begun incorporating Islamic ideas into their belief system,"
Wooh! Better go the whole hog then. Convert to Islam and start eating Halaal. Oh- and keep off the pork scratchings. Don't want to upset the Imams. Look on the bright side. You can see how the other half live now............
Baphomet I've got some bad news for you I'm afraid. I've been doing some research and I found out the following:- Some modern scholars such as "Peter Partner and Malcolm Barber agree that the name of Baphomet was an Old French corruption of the name Muhammad, with the interpretation being that some of the Templars, through their long military occupation of the Outremer, had begun incorporating Islamic ideas into their belief system," Wooh! Better go the whole hog then. Convert to Islam and start eating Halaal. Oh- and keep off the pork scratchings. Don't want to upset the Imams. Look on the bright side. You can see how the other half live now............ djjerryatric1944
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9:12pm Sun 30 May 10

Baphomet says...

djjerryatric1944 wrote:
Baphomet I've got some bad news for you I'm afraid. I've been doing some research and I found out the following:-

Some modern scholars such as "Peter Partner and Malcolm Barber agree that the name of Baphomet was an Old French corruption of the name Muhammad, with the interpretation being that some of the Templars, through their long military occupation of the Outremer, had begun incorporating Islamic ideas into their belief system,"
Wooh! Better go the whole hog then. Convert to Islam and start eating Halaal. Oh- and keep off the pork scratchings. Don't want to upset the Imams. Look on the bright side. You can see how the other half live now............
Wow, you can use wikipedia, I am impressed. I could also be a "Sabbatic Goat" image or either a severed head, a cat, or a head with three faces or am I a Gnostic idol? Maybe I am a bearded man with bat wings, female breasts, horns and the shaggy hindquarters of a beast? Whatever I am I am not a leftie traitor like your self.
[quote][p][bold]djjerryatric1944[/bold] wrote: Baphomet I've got some bad news for you I'm afraid. I've been doing some research and I found out the following:- Some modern scholars such as "Peter Partner and Malcolm Barber agree that the name of Baphomet was an Old French corruption of the name Muhammad, with the interpretation being that some of the Templars, through their long military occupation of the Outremer, had begun incorporating Islamic ideas into their belief system," Wooh! Better go the whole hog then. Convert to Islam and start eating Halaal. Oh- and keep off the pork scratchings. Don't want to upset the Imams. Look on the bright side. You can see how the other half live now............[/p][/quote]Wow, you can use wikipedia, I am impressed. I could also be a "Sabbatic Goat" image or either a severed head, a cat, or a head with three faces or am I a Gnostic idol? Maybe I am a bearded man with bat wings, female breasts, horns and the shaggy hindquarters of a beast? Whatever I am I am not a leftie traitor like your self. Baphomet
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