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Wednesday 26 June 2019
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Topic: supermarkets

July 18, 2007
Earlier this year, a GP surgery located in a high-street Boots store opened to the public. It may seem an unusual choice of location, and has raised a few eyebrows over concerns that the government is sailing too close to the private sector for comfort. Yet the surgery's central location and easy access seem to provide benefits for patients, the primary care trust and the store itself. This Management in Practice special report looks at what could be the tip of the iceberg …

The launch of an NHS healthcare centre and GP branch surgery in a Boots the Chemists store in Poole, Dorset, is being hailed as an innovative way of making health services more accessible to patients.

Although the company, Alliance Boots, is only leasing the space to the local primary care trust (PCT), this is the first time that the NHS has worked with a high-street retailer to provide patient services in a town-centre store.