Ashton Medical Centre was in the national spotlight when the BBC’s flagship breakfast show broadcast live from the Ashton-in-Makerfield GP practice.
The BBC health news team interviewed staff and patients at Ashton Medical Centre as part of a package of features about GP services and primary care.
The Wigan Road practice, part of SSP Health which has 37 practice sites across the north west, was featured due to several innovative measures SSP has put in place over the years to reduce the burden of work on GPs.
This includes removing time-consuming admin, giving GPs flexible working and having company-wide staff for prescribing, house calls and care home visiting.
BBC Health Correspondent Dominic Hughes spent time talking to staff, including SSP Health’s Advanced Nurse Practitioner Trudi Lowe and Mark Pilling, SSP Health’s Pharmaceutical Advisor.
The crew also filmed one of SSP’s Confident Parent sessions, which give parents and grandparents advice on minor children’s ailments and emergencies, aiming to reduce the number of people attending practices and A&E. The session was run by SSP’s Executive Nurse Louise Wainwright.
Dominic presented the packages on BBC Breakfast from the Ashton-in-Makerfield practice and also recorded live interviews with SSP Director and GP, Dr Shikha Pitalia; Prof Graham Wardle, Chair of the local Patient Participation Group; Ashton GP Dr Joe Laws; Ashton PPG member Paul Greenhalgh and Dr Tim Dalton, Chair of Wigan CCG.
Dr Pitalia said: “ We were delighted to welcome the BBC to Ashton Medical Centre to show how our initiatives are easing the burden on GPs and improving primary care.
“The measures we have put in place across our practices are designed to make GPs’ working lives easier so they can spend more time doing what they were trained to do and are passionate about delivering, which is excellent patient care.”
Dominic is pictured conducting the live interviews.