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With practices working together, there are many other possibilities. As the NHS changes, there is a growing realisation that many services carried-out in hospitals can be moved into the community.

This is particularly beneficial with regards very elderly patients, who often struggle to travel to Reading. Such ‘community-based’ services have sometimes been difficult to run from GP surgeries, with the practices themselves too busy with the ‘day-job’ to have the time to develop new ideas.

The GP Alliance is investigating a number of these initiatives, ensuring that healthcare is delivered in a more patient-centered manner, reflecting the needs of the patient rather than the healthcare service.