How did that meeting go on Tuesday about polyclinics?
No Polyclinic but more NHS dentists
PCT bosses have refuted the idea of a polyclinic for Rayleigh/Hockley/Rochford
but admitted they are looking for a clinic in the Rayleigh area. A packed meeting
heard local GP, Dr S Mahmud, outline his ideas for developing his existing practice
and applauded loudly, echoing national criticism of polyclinics. The PCT also
acknowledged the need to upgrade/replace the ageing Hockley Clinic and the HRA
remains concerned these facilities could be lost to a new clinic in Rayleigh.
The good news was that NHS dentists’ capacity in Hockley/Rochford will be
increased by about 50% in the next few weeks. The majority will go to Rochford
but the White Hart Lane dentists will get the equivalent of an extra 2 days
per week (an increase of about 25%). An announcement will soon be made of when
and how to register – watch this space.