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NHS 111 - making it easier for people to get urgent healthcare

Discussion in 'General Chat' started by West Kent NHS, Jun 19, 2012. Replies: 0 | Views: 194

  1. West Kent NHS New Member

    A free health service to make it easier for people in Kent and Medway to get urgent healthcare when they need it moved one step closer today.

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    The NHS 111 service in Kent and Medway will be provided by a partnership between South East Coast Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust (SECAmb) and Harmoni, who have been named today as the preferred provider of the service.

    NHS 111 will make it easier for people to get help quickly when they have an urgent health need. When someone phones 111, a trained call handler, supported by health professionals, will provide them with a clinical assessment at the first point of contact, without the caller having to wait for a call back.
    111 will be free to call and will be available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

    Clinical commissioning groups, led by local GPs, and the board of NHS Kent and Medway agreed the preferred provider following an open, competitive tender process for the service.

    Ann Sutton, Chief Executive of NHS Kent and Medway, said:
    Dr Mark Jones, a GP in Canterbury, said:
    NHS Kent and Medway is now finalising the contractual arrangements and plan to formally sign the contract later this month.

    West Kent NHS News

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