Care UK moves into primary care
Care UK has signed its first contract to deliver primary care services on behalf of Southend and Castle Point & Rochford Primary Care Trusts. The new arrangement sees Care UK extending its social care provision to operate an out-of-hours centre and supplying GPs as part of an agreement with Essex Ambulance Service, who will provide telephone advice, triage and home visits. The service, which began on January 1, includes the provision of a new out-of-hours centre, to be located near Southend HospitalÂ¹s A&E department, which will see patients via appointment who have called their GP surgery out-of-hours. Care UK chief executive Mike Parish said the contract demonstrated how well equipped Care UK was to deliver solutions to the NHS. “The contract fits well with our strategy to provide a balanced portfolio of health and social care solutions, including both in and out-of-hours primary care,” Mr Parish said.