Newham medics share their successes with MPs and Peers

11:04 28 April 2014

Doctors from across the borough briefed MPs and Peers on how they tackled the pressures on health services during the winter months.

Steve Gilvin, the chief officer of NHS Newham Clinical Commissioning Group addressed the All Party Parliamentary Group on Primary Care and Public Health, chaired by Baroness Sue Masham, Kevin Barron MP and Nick de Bois MP. He shared the learning and achievements from a number of key projects in Newham designed to relieve pressure on A&E departments.

This included a ‘Pharmacy First’ streaming project. Patients at GP practices and the urgent care centre at Newham General Hospital who are suffering from certain minor ailments are now given a prescribing number that they are able to take directly to a pharmacy. This allows them to access the advice and treatment that they need straight away, avoiding a long wait to see a clinician and freeing up GP appointments.

Steve Gilvin said: “It was great to be able to share our knowledge and experiences with MPs, peers and national organisations.

“The winter months are always a challenging time for the NHS. No single organisation can deal with the extra demand so we all have to work together. That’s why it’s so important that we come together and share what we know works, so that we can keep improving in the future.”

Steve also spoke about a GP streamer project at the urgent care centre, which enables patients to see the most appropriate clinician as quickly as possible and reduces the burden on the emergency department.

To ensure that patients receive the right treatment for them, Newham residents are also being encouraged to call the GP out of hours service or NHS 111 before going to A&E.

The extended GP hours service in Newham was given as an example of the benefits of GP federation (GPs working together) and the importance of support from CCG in moving such projects forward. Around 60 per cent of the calls received by the GP out of hours service can be dealt with through a phone consultation with clinical advice and information about self-care. This helps to free up pressure on emergency departments and GP surgeries.


Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Newham Recorder visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Newham Recorder staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Newham Recorder account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

Latest News Stories

Yesterday, 18:47
Police are appealing for information after finding a man with unexplained injuries in Spur Road, Beckton

Police are appealing for information after a man was found seriously injured in Beckton.

London Ambulance Service
Yesterday, 17:11
Crowds gather to watch the Christmas tree be switched on

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas now that the first festive light switch-on has taken place.

Yesterday, 16:07
The A13 has been partly closed

The A13 in Beckton has now fully reopened following road closures in place throughout the day.

Yesterday, 14:40
There were 30 football-related arrests of West Ham fans last season

Thirty Hammers fans were arrested for football-related reasons last season, new figures released by the Office of National Statistics have revealed.

Most read news


Section Boys, Big Tipper, Big Narstie, Lady Leshurr, Trapstar, and UFest street team members

We’ve got 10 pairs of tickets to give away to watch some of the country’s best and brightest urban music talent at UFest, London’s official youth festival.

Read more
Nike Trainers

Nike’s motto is ‘to bring inspiration and innovation to every athlete in the world.’ With this in mind it’s no surprise why Nike is the preferred training gear for most A-list athletes. Get an extra boost in your run or height in your jump with £500 to spend on Nike trainers.

Read more
MAC Makeup

MAC are renowned for their flawless, fabulous make up that is used worldwide by the stars. You too can have the chance to have the perfect makeup to suit your needs with £1,000 to spend on all the glam goodies you like!

Read more

Digital Edition

Read the Newham Recorder e-edition today E-edition
Family Notices 24

Local business directory

Our trusted business finder