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At the unveiling


New service launched to support elderly and frail patients

The first of three Locality Hubs in North West Surrey, the Bedser Hub, has opened in Woking Community Hospital, with two further hubs planned for Weybridge and Ashford Hospitals in the coming months.

The innovative hubs have been designed and set up by a partnership of local health organisations led by NW Surrey Clinical Commissioning Group, including Virgincare, social services, local GPs, Age UK and Ashford and St Peter’s Hospitals. They aim to support people to live an independent and fulfilled life in the community for as long as possible, with access to the health, social care and community services they need all in one place. This kind of proactive care will help reduce the number of visits needed to A&E and hospital admissions.

The Bedser Hub is named after legendary Surrey and England cricketer Sir Alec Bedser, who grew up in Horsell and bequeathed over £350,000 to the Friends of Woking Community Hospital. The money has been used to establish the hub facility.

Those suitable for the hub will be referred by their GP and once under the care of the team, be able to access help from different professionals, like medical consultants, physiotherapists, dieticians and social services in one place, in one visit. It is a way of joining up and co-ordinating services under one roof and is an exciting development in the way we care for our elderly patients.


Free Counselling Services in your local area

Feeling stressed, sad, depressed? The pressures of life can affect us all differently, but there are common symptoms to look out for.

If you feel you need help, your local NHS now offers a free, confidential counselling service that anyone aged 18 or over can contact directly - you don’t need to go through your GP.

Different services are available, so pick the one that suits you. These services are available to anyone aged 18 and over who is registered with a GP in North West Surrey. For more information see: www.nwsurreyccg.nhs.uk/Your-health