A Fenland doctor’s surgery is set to become the first to obtain a blood testing machine to improve treatment after the public has raised more than £2,000 in MP Steve Barclay’s Treat Me Local campaign.
Doddington Medical Centre will soon be placing an order for the machine along with providing proper hospital beds at Doddington Court Intermediate Care Centre after receiving donations of £1,100 and a further pledge of £1,300.
The surgery’s Dr Simon Hambling was amongst the first GPs to back Mr Barclay’s campaign, which is aimed at providing better healthcare in Fenland.
The Treat Me Local campaign has a wish-list of ten points, which includes a call for blood testing machines in GP surgeries.
At present patients end up being admitted to hospital as test results are not available locally, meaning many people are hospitalised unnecessarily – costing the NHS money and wasting patients’ time.
A blood testing machine manufactured by COBAS and costing around £1,200 could eliminate all the uncertainty by allowing GPs access to results almost immediately.
Dr Hambling said: “I never cease to be amazed by the generosity of people in this area, many of whom don’t have much money themselves. We have so far received donations totalling £1,100 with a pledge of a further £1,300, which means we can order a COBAS machine this week.”
He intends to spend the money on providing proper hospital beds at the Doddington Court Intermediate Care Centre. They cost around £700 each. He said: “At present there are no hospital beds in the centre which means patients needing proper nursing care have to go to hospital.
“If we can provide hospital beds at Doddington Court then people will be able to receive the treatment they need here in Fenland rather than in a main hospital – which is better for the patient and better for the NHS as it helps free up hospital beds.”
Mr Barclay added: “The aim of this campaign is to bring health services into the local community by putting pressure on the necessary authorities.
“But it just shows what a fantastic community spirit we have in Fenland and that people in this area are willing to help themselves. I hope the various funding bodies will take note and follow the community’s lead and give us the services we have the right to expect.”