Expanded hub service extends health cover in Thurrock

EVERYONE who is registered with a GP in Thurrock now has access to seven-days-a-week services. The borough’s five health hubs are providing the GP and primary care nurse service from Monday this week (8 January).

The hubs in South Ockendon, Purfleet, Grays, Tilbury, and Corringham will be open between 9am and noon at weekends and between 7pm and 9pm Monday to Friday.

The service is by appointment only, and appointments can be made through people’s usual GP or via the NHS’s 111 telephone service.

Gemma Curtis, Hubs Manager, NHS Thurrock Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) said: “We’ve expanded our hub service because we know how important access to GPs and practice nurses are to the people of Thurrock.

“Feedback from patients has been really positive as and patients tell us how useful it is to see a GP or nurse outside normal practice opening times.

Dr Manjeet Sharma, one of the GPs who offers out of hours care at the hubs, added: “It isn’t always easy for people to see a GP or nurse due to work, taking care of children or a hundred other daily commitments.

“What the hubs offer is appointments outside regular working hours so people can get to see a GP for screening, immunisations, health checks and other health needs without taking time off work.”

The hubs are at the Neera Medical Centre, Stanford-Le-Hope; The Health Centre, London Road, Tilbury;l Thurrock Community Hospital, Long Lane, Grays; Bluebells Surgery, Darenth Lane, South Ockendon; and Purfleet Care Centre, Tank Hill Road, Purfleet.