Deputy Mayor of Sandwell Council, Cllr Julie Webb, attended an afternoon tea event with patients and doctors to commemorate the first year anniversary of Portway Family Practice (formerly Tividale Family Practice).
The surgery’s new home at Portway Lifestyle Centre, Newbury Lane, Oldbury, falls under the health commissioner Sandwell and West Birmingham Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG). The surgery delivers a full range of GP services for local people.
The centre is the first of its kind, bringing health, leisure and social care industries together under one roof - creating more opportunities for local residents to access integrated services.
The gathering was hosted by GP partners of the practice Dr Saini and Dr Thandi. The afternoon tea was created so patients, staff and local people were able to come together and discuss the local health landscape over the past year. The event was also created to celebrate a successful first year since the move into the Oldbury surgery.
Dr Saini and Dr Thandi said: “The gathering was a real boost for local patients. It was a good opportunity for everyone to share their thoughts and views about the local health environment, discuss general health matters, and to speak with us about our plans and services for the future.”
Notes to editors
About Sandwell and West Birmingham CCG - Sandwell and West Birmingham CCG is one of the largest CCGs in the country, responsible for buying healthcare services for about 547,400 people. It covers some of the most deprived areas in the Black Country and Birmingham, where there are high levels of associated health and social need. It encompasses Blackheath, Cradley Heath, Oldbury, Rowley Regis, Smethwick, Tipton, Tividale, Wednesbury, West Bromwich, Aston, Nechells, Lozells and Handsworth. There are 100 GP practices in the area.
Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) took over the responsibility of commissioning health services on 1 April 2013 as part of the Government’s plans for the NHS under the Health and Social Care Act 2012. The groups, which are led by doctors and nurses, work together to manage their local budgets and buy health services for patients direct with other NHS colleagues and local authorities. By being in charge of the decisions that affect their patients, the CCGs are able to commission quality care that is tailored to meet the specific needs of their patients and the wider community.