1,000 visits to new polyclinic in first month

The latest polyclinic to open in London has attracted 1,000 visits in its first month.

Over 300 visits were on a weekend or bank holiday, according to Healthcare for London.

The Alexandra Avenue clinic, in Harrow, is open from 8am until 8pm, 365 days a year.

The polyclinic, which forms a network with six existing practices, was officially opened on Monday by health minister Lord Ara Darzi.

Lord Darzi said the health centre was already demonstrating its value and described the local residents’ response as 'overwhelming'.

Dr David Lloyd, a GP from the Ridgeway Surgery, which moved into the Alexandra Avenue polyclinic, said: ‘One comment we hear from people in the polyclinic over and over again is how much better it is to be able to see a GP or a nurse at a time that suits them and their hectic lives rather than the health service.’

tom.ireland@haymarket.com

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