A medical centre in Corby held its first specialist urology outpatients clinic today (Monday, October 22), aimed at bringing care closer to the community.
The consultant-led clinic at Woodsend Medical Centre, off Gainsborough Road, is the first of its kind in the county.
Dr Peter Wilczynski, chairman designate of NHS Corby Clinical Commissioning Group, said: ‘I’m delighted that we have worked in partnership with Kettering General Hospital to bring this outpatients clinic to Corby for the benefit of our patients.
“We are committed to bringing more health services to the local community in Corby, so this is a really significant step in bringing care closer to home. This innovative service will give patients access to the best care possible on their doorstep.”
Patient Jeff Ball, 76, who lives on the Beanfield estate, in the town, normally drives to Kettering General Hospital to attend the clinic.
He said; “This is much more convenient. Before I had to travel to Kettering and then there was all the bother of finding a place to park.
“Having the clinic available in Corby makes everything so much easier.”
In May NHS Corby Clinical Commissioning Group launched a pilot GP-led lower urinary tract symptoms (LUTS) service at Woodsend Medical Centre which enabled all Corby GPs to refer male patients with these symptoms to a clinic in the town.
The new hospital consultant-led clinic builds on this and enables local people to see a hospital consultant close to their home if this is necessary.
Woodsend already sees patients with common non-urgent problems such as benign prostate enlargement and they are assessed by a GP with extra urology training.
The GP will do tests such as blood, urine and flow rate assessment and treat patients with urinary tract infections – something which affects approximately 40 per cent of older men.
The first clinic was run by consultant urological surgeon Mr Mohammed Al-Sudani from Kettering General Hospital.
He said: “This is an excellent example of the hospital working closely with local GPs and the clinical commissioning group to provide specialist services in a way which is more convenient for local people.
“This kind of service will enable local people to have the common problems sorted out by their specialist GP but if they need the input of a hospital consultant this clinic will enable more serious issues to be dealt with in a familiar environment and closer to the patient’s residence.
“This practice is generally suitable for patients with non-urgent urological problems such as benign prostate enlargement. The specialist surgeon will decide in this clinic which patients need surgery and this will be performed in the hospital.”
Dr Akram Khalid, GP at Woodsend Medical Centre, said “I’m delighted to be running this innovative service, which makes it easier and more convenient for Corby patients to have their symptoms checked out without having to travel too far. Working in partnership with Mr Al-Sadani and colleagues provides the specialist expertise within the practice and will give the patients local access to the best care possible.”
The new clinics will be held up to the end of March 2013. After being seen, patients may still need to go to Kettering General Hospital for further specialised tests or surgery.