COMMERCIAL: Virgin Care (formerly Assura Medical) has now signed a contract with NHS Surrey to deliver community services across much of the county from 2012 to 2017.

The £500m contract covers community health services in South West and North West Surrey, as well as well as county-wide provision of prison healthcare and sexual health services.

The services will continue to be known as Surrey Community Health.

NHS Surrey chief executive Anne Walker said: “The successful conclusion of a long involved procurement process resulting in this contract signed with Virgin Care will bring best quality, safety and value for Surrey’s NHS patients, carers and taxpayers.”

Bart Johnson, chief executive of Virgin Care, added: “We are delighted to be working with Surrey Community Health and look forward to making a real difference to patient care in Surrey.”