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Boots to open GP surgery

14th December 2006

03082006_Boots1.jpgHigh street giant Boots is set to open the first chain store GP surgery.

It forms part of the government’s commitment to providing more accessible healthcare, with walk-in centres already provided by private firms.

The retailer, which recently merged with Alliance Unichem, has signed a deal with the NHS to open a centre in Dorset. The new centre will complement their growing involvement in providing NHS services.

Already they provide Chlamydia testing at 200 stores across London. Now this latest move means they will rent out space to provide a basic consultation service, left empty after closing down their failed dentistry and chiropody centre.

Boots plans to open GP centres in at least a dozen stores, offering a full range of health care and testing services.

The NHS has also been in discussion with supermarket chains, with Sainsbury’s expected to open a surgery in one of its stores in the coming months.

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Article Information

Title: Boots to open GP surgery
Author: Martine Hamilton
Article Id: 1506
Date Added: 14th Dec 2006


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