Sainsburys To Offer In Store GP Services

Sainsbury’s is offering GPs the chance to set up surgeries in more than 200 of its supermarkets across Britain free of charge.
The UK’s third-largest grocery retailer is looking to set up a nationwide network of family doctor surgeries, which will give customers free access to health check-ups and allow them to pick up prescriptions while they shop.
The rent-free surgery rooms will also offer other core NHS services, secondary care diagnostics and private healthcare .
David Gilder, professional services manager for Sainsbury, said: “There can be no doubt that primary care faces challenging times. The new NHS white paper, coupled with the current financial crisis, poses a series of challenges for primary care that will require them to develop new and innovative ways to deliver healthcare to patients.”
“Recognising the tough economic climate and demand from customers who tell us that they are keen to see more GP services offered in store, Sainsbury’s has decided to provide the use of its consultation rooms to local GP practices without charge.”
“Whether via the growth of individual practices, federations of practices or practice-based commissioners, Sainsbury’s is keen to explore and support local GPs and help them deliver everything from core NHS services to secondary care diagnostics to private healthcare to patients.”
“Sainsbury’s will provide further support with in-store marketing aimed at shoppers to promote healthcare services offered and also support GPs in their efforts to deliver the local public health agenda.”