Our CCG is telling us a lot about how “health hubs” can replace community hospitals.
But does anyone realise that they are a mixture of NHS and private services?
Here is how one “health hub” in Macclesfield, Cheshire describes itself:
Macclesfield Health Hub is a collaboration between Vernova Healthcare and East Cheshire NHS Trust and is dedicated to enhancing patient choice and offering the highest standards of care.
The twelve consulting rooms at Macclesfield Health Hub are finished to a high clinical specification and the centre is conveniently located with excellent public transport links, next to the Waters Green Medical Centre.
Consulting and treatment rooms are available to hire on a sessional basis and provide a fully serviced offer. This includes reception for your patients, booking services, basic consumables, patient payment processing and high quality waiting and treatment facilities.
You can use our reception space for marketing your service and our helpful reception staff ensure that your patients are well looked after during their visit.
We can offer appointments during the evenings and on Saturdays as well as during the week, minimising the time you need to take off work or school.
NHS treatments are free and you can pay for private appointments on a pay as you go basis or for a course of treatment. Appointments last for 30 minutes and and there is public parking nearby.
You can relax in our welcoming centre with confidence that you are receiving the highest standard of care.
We are open from 8:00 to 21:00 Monday to Thursday and from 9:00 to 17:00 on Friday and Saturday.
We are situated close to the train and bus stations in Macclesfield”
NHS? All services free at the point of care? Definitely not – NHS patients will no doubt be encouraged to pay for a range of private treatments on site.