News Release


6th  February 2016

SHELDON PATIENTS TO BENEFIT FROM REVAMPED GP PREMISES

THE SHELDON PRACTICE RECEIVES SHARE OF NHS ENGLAND PRIMARY CARE INFRASTRUCTURE FUND

Sheldon patients will benefit from a major NHS funding boost to improve local GP facilities.

The Sheldon Practice, in Church Road, has received £165,878 from the NHS England Primary Care Infrastructure Fund. Together with £85,542 investment from the practice, it will fund work to create a rear extension, and internal works to provide two additional ground floor clinical rooms, as well as a reconfigured reception and new automated doors to the main entrance.

The NHS England Primary Care Infrastructure Fund is a national funding programme to support GP practices to make improvements to services for local patients including more modern, expanded facilities and use of new technologies.

Dr Bhinder Jheeta, from The Sheldon Practice, said: “I am delighted that the practice has been awarded this NHS funding. It will enable us to carry out some quite substantial changes which will benefit our patients.

“The work, which is due to start later this month and take around 18 weeks to complete, will transform the waiting area into a bright and modern space for our patients, who will also benefit from the additional clinical rooms.

“We hope that any disruption to patients will be kept to a minimum.”

Paul Sherriff, NHS Birmingham CrossCity Clinical Commissioning Group’s Director of Operations and Corporate Development, added: “We are thrilled that The Sheldon Practice has secured this funding, which will help to make a real difference for patients in Birmingham.”

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For more information contact Dr Bhinder Jheeta at The Sheldon Practice on 0121 743 5511.

Notes to Editors

  • The Primary Care Infrastructure Fund was launched in January 2015. It is a £1bn, four-year funding programme to support GP practices to make improvements to services for local patients including more modern, expanded premises and use of new technology.
  • In March 2015, NHS England announced the first wave of investment across the country with over 1,000 GP practices across the country being supported for investment in principle in 2015/16, subject to technical, financial and governance criteria being satisfied.
  • Alongside programmes including the Prime Minister’s Challenge Fund/GP Access Fund and the GP workforce 10 point plan, the Primary Care Infrastructure Fund is one of a range of ways that NHS England is supporting GPs to deliver more joined up, high-quality services for patients while addressing increasing demand, as set out in the NHS Five Year Forward View http://www.england.nhs.uk/ourwork/futurenhs/
  • For more information on the Primary Care Infrastructure Fund: http://www.england.nhs.uk/commissioning/primary-care-comm/infrastructure-fund/  

NHS England Primary Care Infrastructure Fund poster - click to view.

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