COMMERCIAL: Great Yarmouth and Waveney’s primary care trust and clinical commissioning group have appointed a new provider for out of hours services in the area.

Private provider South East Health Ltd will provide out of hours medical care to 230,000 people for three years from September.

South East Health will also provide a single point of access call centre, which patients can contact for help, reassurance and advice as well as referrals into the out of hours GP service, according to a statement.

Chief executive of HealthEast, the social enterprise due to take on commissioning in the area, Andy Evans said: “South East Health Ltd is a major not for profit social enterprise and, for the past 20 years, has been providing out of hours primary care. South East Health successfully provides the out of hours services in East Sussex, East Kent, West Kent, Brighton & Hove and Northamptonshire.

“Working closely with our local GPs we looked at what we wanted from the service before developing the tender document,” he added.

“During the extensive tendering process, we completed a thorough assessment of the provision that South East Health Ltd will offer and are confident that this change will ensure our patients continue to receive a safe, equitable and consistent out of hours service.”