Greenwich Community Health Services to join Oxleas in 2011

News photo of a patient and helper outside a Greenwich Community Health Services facility

Discussions are taking place between Greenwich Teaching Primary Care Trust and Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust to transfer Greenwich Community Health Services to Oxleas next year.

Community health services include services such as health visiting and school nursing, and specialist services for adults and children.  These are provided in a variety of locations including health centres, schools, and in people's homes.

The board of Greenwich Teaching Primary Care Trust selected Oxleas as the preferred partner for community health services in April following extensive staff consultation. 

Oxleas will run community health services in Greenwich from April 2011. Detailed planning will take place to ensure that services to patients are not disrupted.

The transfer will benefit patients as it will enable closer working between services to share best practice and knowledge and streamline assessment and care planning processes. The move should also benefit staff as Oxleas was named as the best NHS organisation to work for in London in the recent Healthcare 100 list produced by the Health Service Journal and Nursing Times.

Commenting on the decision, Chair of NHS Greenwich, Michael Chuter said:

 “This decision marks a positive future for GCHS and for all its staff who will work closely with NHS Greenwich to provide local people with the world class health services they deserve.”

If you would like to find out more about this, Greenwich Teaching Primary Care Trust have added frequently asked questions to their website.

Bexley's Community Health Services joined Oxleas on 1 July 2010.  

Published on 15th September 2010