A GROUP of doctors will operate a new GP-led health centre which will open every day of the year from two sites in Ashfield and Mansfield, it has been revealed.
NHS Nottinghamshire County, formerly the Primary Care Trust, has awarded the 7m contract to Central Nottinghamshire Clinical Services (CNCS), a social enterprise of local doctors — who are set to operate the walk-in facilities from April.
The group is expected to initially launch the services at its two existing facilities at Byron House — which is at the King's Mill Hospital site — and at Ashfield Health Village in Kirkby.
Said Deborah Jaines, interim director of procurement: "It is very encouraging that local doctors with their local expertise proved to be the strongest contenders for this contract.
"It means patients will benefit from continuity of care and are able to access these new services from two locations."
The centres will be open from 8am-8pm every day of the year and are open to walk-in patients as well as those registered there.
But it has emerged NHS Nottinghamshire County is looking into whether there is a better long-term location for the centre.
And Mansfield MP Alan Meale told Chad he had concerns about the impact on other GP surgeries in the area and planned to meet with local health bosses.
He said: "Fairly significant amounts of money are being given for it. It is going to be funded massively, at a rate far exceeding any other practice in the North Notts area. I am worried about it damaging some of the practices that are already in existence."
The Mansfield and Ashfield area was chosen as the location for the new GP-led health centre following a three-month public consultation, which also considered Newark and Hucknall.