GP defends Darzi centre with one registered patient

A GP has defended a Darzi centre that has registered one patient, outlining that the centre has been a remarkable success.

A Darzi centre in the Isle of Wight has just one registered patient
A Darzi centre in the Isle of Wight has just one registered patient

A GP investigation last week showed that 26% of Darzi centres had registered fewer than 500 patients. It also revealed that the Beacon Centre run by NHS Isle of Wight had registered just one patient.

But Dr Mark Denman-Johnson, the Beacon's organisational medical director, said the centre has been a ‘remarkable success’ as it has delivered services ‘well within budget’ and has a ‘very high’ satisfaction rating in patient surveys.

He said last year the centre returned £300,000 to the local NHS for reinvestment in healthcare as well as donated £50,000 to a charity that supports primary care training and education on the island.

A spokesperson for NHS Isle of Wight also said the PCT is not ‘surprised or ashamed’ that the centre only has one registered patient.

She said: ‘Although patients can register with the service we have not actively promoted that.

‘The centre has a substantial level of walk-in business and provides out-of-hours GP services not only for islanders but also for the island’s prisons population and our highly valued hospice.'

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