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Opening of a new cardiac clinic at the Askham bar

Professor Mike Holmes, who co-ordinates Askham Bar Community Care Centre, said in his latest column for The Press that a new clinic will open there later this month for heart patients waiting to be seen by doctors. specialists.

“We recently received the green light to develop a new Community Care Center in Acomb Garth which is great news for the people of York!

Last December, together with partners across the city, we asked York City Council to change the use of the Acomb Garth site from a secure residential institution to a primary care medical centre.

Planning permission was granted towards the end of April and we aim to open the site later this summer as a hub from which we can provide more integrated and closer to home community care services to local people. .

As a non-profit organization, it is very important to us to reinvest in the communities we serve.

We are keen to develop new innovative services that will really benefit local people and this great new facility will be a great base for us.

With that in mind, I also wanted to tell you about another exciting development – ​​we are now helping to support people in York who have long-term heart conditions, while they await further treatment.

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, many patients with long-term heart conditions are currently waiting longer to be seen by a specialist team.

We are proud to work with York GP Practices and York and Scarborough Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust to support this patient group within the community.

People with heart problems are at a higher risk of being rushed to hospital and their condition can deteriorate rapidly if left unchecked.

That’s why we’ll be launching a new clinic later this month, which will be run by GPs, heart failure nurses and other clinicians at our community care center in Askham Bar (formerly known as the most local residents as York Vaccination Centre).

We see this new service as an important link between the hospital and GP care for people with heart problems.

Our team of clinicians will see people in specialist clinics held in our new clinic building on the Askham Bar site, and our role will be to ensure that their condition is stable and give them any advice or treatment needed if we believe that it gets worse.

The idea is to relieve pressure on our GP surgeries and prevent people from being admitted to hospital.

This is another fantastic example of health services across York working collaboratively, which we strongly support.

Finally, last week we had a wonderful day of celebration to mark International Nurses Day, an annual event that took place on Thursday, May 12 this year.

It was the perfect time to thank our nurses across the city for their enormous contribution and we celebrated by giving them cupcakes and encouraging them to share some of their most poignant memories on our website and social media. »

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