NHS South East London names preferred providers for health advice service
NHS South East London, a partnership of primary care trusts in Bromley, Greenwich, Lambeth, Lewisham, Southwark and Bexley, has announced that NHS Direct, Bromley Healthcare and Grabadoc are the preferred providers for its NHS 111 non-emergency health advice service
The government’s intention is that NHS 111 will replace NHS Direct. A June deadline for its introduction was extended by the Department of Health to allow more time to plan for the service.
In a statement, NHS South East London said that in selecting the three organisations, it was confident that the combination of local knowledge, out-of-hours experience, general and specialist healthcare, and strong relationships across south east London will ensure that an effective NHS 111 service is delivered.
Nick Chapman, chief executive of NHS Direct, said:”We are delighted to have been selected as the preferred provider to deliver the new 111 service for South East London, working in partnership with Bromley Healthcare and Grabadoc, which are both not for profit social enterprises.
“We are looking forward to working with our local partners to provide a safe and effective service for the population of South East London.”
NHS Direct has also been selected as a preferred provider in Somerset, Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, north Essex and south west London.