Following discussions between Medway Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and The Dame Sybil Thorndike Healthcare Centre, which provides the phlebotomy service at Rochester Healthy Living Centre, Thorndike will continue to provide a service to patients at the Centre for at least a further six months.

 

The CCG is committed to the provision of phlebotomy at all the Healthy Living Centres in Medway, including Rochester, as part of the CCG’s strategy for local care.

Stuart Jeffery, Chief Operating Officer at Medway CCG, which is responsible for planning and buying local NHS services, said: “The Thorndike Surgery will continue to provide the phlebotomy service at Rochester Healthy Living Centre. Over the coming months we will be discussing with them how this service is provided for the long term benefit of patients in Rochester. In the meantime, the service will reopen on Thursday 5 May.

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Notes to editors:

  • Medway CCG is responsible for planning and buying local NHS services, for the patient population of 295,223 across Medway.
  • Medway CCG’s main role is to plan and buy health services across the Medway towns. It works closely with patient groups, local public health, social care and voluntary sector partners to make sure the right services are available at the right time. 
  • The CCG is one of 211 in the country, the Medway CCG is made up of GPs, other healthcare professionals and experienced commissioners dedicated to making Medway a healthier place to live.
  • It is committed to developing a strong clinically-led organisation that puts the needs of Medway residents at the heart of its decisions. 
  • Medway Clinical Commissioning Group has a governing body made up of local GPs, a registered nurse and several lay members, all working with a network of health professionals across the area.
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