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St George’s shopping centre clinic receives award

PUBLISHED: 16:30 07 February 2018

The innovative clinic opened in St George's Shopping Centre, Gravesend. Picture: Google

The innovative clinic opened in St George's Shopping Centre, Gravesend. Picture: Google

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A Gravesend community ultrasound clinic has led developers Physiological Measurements (PM) to receive the Medilink Outstanding Achievement award.

Since being awarded prime provider by NHS Dartford, Gravesham and Swanley Clinical Commissioning Group, (CCG) PM have significantly reduced patient waiting times in hospitals, from a six week wait to 20 days amongst 99 per cent (pc) of patients awaiting an appointment, with 70pc of these patients being offered one in 10 days.

PM was awarded at a ceremony on January 24 for its innovative clinic in St Geroge’s Shopping Centre, and the organisation’s work, which has the potential to run seven days a week and relieve pressure from GP surgeries and hospitals, was praised.

PM were also celebrated for their substantial company growth over the last few years; 32pc in 2016 and 34pc in 2017, whilst at the same time improving operational efficiency.

Founded in 2006, PM is a provider of diagnostic investigations to the NHS, specifically non-invasive cardiology and general ultrasound examinations.

Working with a large number of CCGs, they co-ordinate a managed service delivery from their headquarters in Oswestry, Shropshire.

Co-founder Jon Pither hopes that winning the award will continue to raise awareness of the work PM are doing:

“We are delighted that our hard work has been recognised, and winning the Outstanding Achievement award means that we can continue to grow as a business and also continue to be a provider of community non-invasive diagnostic services, in partnership with the NHS.

“The new clinic has already helped local health services and has increased patient access, convenience and speed when delivering community diagnostics.”

They have increased the number of their employees by 20pc, providing valuable employment opportunities for those in Oswestry but also nationwide.

Once the high street ultrasound clinic is running to full capacity, it’s expected that over 90pc of patients will be offered an ultrasound appointment within 10 days.

Mr Pither added: “The new clinic has already helped local health services and has increased patient access, convenience and speed when delivering community diagnostics.”

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