NEARLY 50,000 people in Basingstoke and Odiham will see a change to how they receive healthcare in the future.

As part of a new NHS initiative, doctor surgeries which are in close proximity to one another are combining services for what the healthcare service believes will strengthen and redesign primary care.

The new combined service, called Mosaic Healthcare, will see Crown Heights Medical Centre, Bramblys Grange Medical Partnership and Odiham and Old Basing Health Centres all working in partnership.

Mosaic Healthcare will combine a total of just under 50,000 patients across Basingstoke and Odiham, with the objective to provide higher quality services and use budgets more effectively.

The rapid development sites demonstrate that Mosaic is 'the right size for developing highly effective, unified, multi-professional teams – the right size to care – the right size to scale and the right size to ultimately take budgetary responsibility together', according to Mosiac.

However, the NHS has emphasized that this change to healthcare is not a merger, but is practices working together to optimise their joint resources and interacting with other clinical providers at scale.

Dr Sam Hullah, partner at Crown Heights Medical Centre said: “This is a very exciting time for our medical practice. Forming a formal relationship with Bramblys Grange Medical Partnership and Odiham and Old Basing Health Centres will enable us to offer better services to all of our patients.”

The objective of this cluster service is to enable a range of health and social care professionals to work together to provide enhanced personalised and preventative care for their local community.

Staff come together as a complete care community – drawn from GP surgeries, community, mental health and acute trusts, social care and the voluntary sector – to focus on local population needs and provide care closer to patients’ homes.

The second fulfilled objective is offering longer surgery hours to support the NHS England Improving Access programme.

The cluster healthcare provider started offering this service to patients at the start of September.