GP Surgeries Cluster to Provide Extra Services and Extended Hours

GP surgeries in Reading are working in groups to provide larger units which can offer additional treatments and services and extended hours.

University Medical Group already unites the Northcourt Avenue and Whitley Villa surgeries. South Reading and Shinfield Practice has been proposed to join the group.

All the other surgeries in the South Reading CCG area are organised into the South Reading Alliance. This contains three clusters of practices. Each cluster will make arrangements for extended hours and additional services.

Tilehurst Cluster

  • Tilehurst Village
  • Westwood Road
  • Overdown Road
  • Grovelands

Whitley Cluster

  • Milman Road (Kumar)
  • Milman Road (Mittal)
  • Longbarn Lane
  • Chancellor House
  • Christchurch Surgery
  • Whitley Wood Lane

Central Cluster

The central cluster has three groups of surgeries.

A Group

  • Pembroke Surgery
  • Pembroke Eldon Square
  • Kennet Surgery

B Group

  • Melrose Surgery
  • Eldon Road Surgery

C Group

  • Reading Walk-In Centre
  • Russell Street Surgery
  • Coley Park Surgery
  • Burghfield Surgery
  • Abbey Medical Centre
  • Chatham Street Surgery
  • London Street Surgery

The practices of the South Reading Alliance have the following areas of focus for 2017/18.

  1. Reducing variation amongst member practices and supporting practices in difficulty.
  2. Reviewing their estates strategy
  3. Exploring innovative business/restructuring opportunities
    1. Clinical research in primary care
    2. Different contractual models e.g. MCP contract
    3. Managing urgent and planned care differently
    4. Shared indemnity cover
  4. Improved collaborative working
    1. Supporting CCG with IT interoperability pilot systems
    2. Shared workforce: clinical pharmacist role to be shared across 2 clusters
    3. Work with CCG to align community health and social care around clusters