GP practice at Ashfield Health Village celebrates five years

Ashfield Primary Health Care celebrate their 5th anniversary. front is Practice Manager Debbie Partlow. back l-r is Dr. Julian Law Head GP, Anita Dixon CEO, Merna Carruthers Support Worker.
Ashfield Primary Health Care celebrate their 5th anniversary. front is Practice Manager Debbie Partlow. back l-r is Dr. Julian Law Head GP, Anita Dixon CEO, Merna Carruthers Support Worker.

A GP practice which is based at Ashfield Health Village in Kirkby, celebrated its fifth anniversary earlier this month .

Staff from Kirkby Community Primary Care Centre gathered on 8th May to mark the anniversary - and health chiefs say that since the practice opened, it has provided care across the community.

Anita Dixon, chief executive officer of CNCS which is responsible for the facility, said: “We started off with zero patients and now we have got 5 ,133. The practice has become an established general practice in Kirkby.”

Dr Julian Law said that people could access a range of services at the centre.

He said: “We have got the Citizens’ Advice Bureau and it’s great to have something like that on site. It’s about whole person care rather than just health care.”

Meanwhile, Amanda Sullivan, Chief Operating Officer for Mansfield & Ashfield Clinical Commissioning Group said: “I am thrilled that the centre has reached such a magnificent milestone moment.

“It just demonstrates just how well used the centre is and the impact it has in the community it serves.”

At the event, members of the patient participation group also handed over a cheque for £366 to the practice.

Mike Lowe, who is secretary and treasurer of the group, said that said that the group raises money which is invested back into the facility.

“It’s little things like the tea and coffee money,” he said.

“The group was set up as a fundraising group and we thought we’d give it back to Kirkby Community Primary Care Centre.”

The funds will be used to buy a digital handheld pulse oximeter. The device measures how much oxygen has been saturated in a patient’s blood and can be used in the treatment of a number of conditions.