UK Radiology Advisory Services’ Stewart Whitley joins superintendent sonographer Nicky West, sonographer Sue Corless and Toshiba clinical applications specialist Nicky Sims.
The 100th fully operational new GP-led health centre in England was officially opened in Blackpool by health secretary Andy Burnham.
The Whitegate Health Centre houses the latest of the 152 GP-led health centres opening across England that will see patients from 8am to 8pm, seven days a week, as part of a government programme to increase access to family doctor services. Blackpool’s centre includes a modern imaging suite comprising a digital x-ray room, MRI and ultrasound.
Health secretary Andy Burnham said: “Our GP services were recently independently rated as being among the best in the world by GPs themselves. But I want to go even further and give patients more choice and greater access.
“These health centres are proving popular with patients who want to be able to see a GP at times convenient to them and to access a wide range of services previously available only at hospitals.”
The Whitegate Health Centre has a specific focus on meeting the needs of Blackpool’s homeless population.
See the full report on page 8 of the January 2010 issue of RAD Magazine.