Littlefield is situated in the centre of Grimsby, well known for its past history as the world’s premier fishing port. The fishing industry has been in a steady decline since the 'Cod Wars' of the 1970s and no longer has its own trawler fleet. Grimsby is now recognised as the 'food town' of Europe, processing and freezing more food than anywhere else in the Continent, providing jobs lost through the demise of the fishing industry.
Until 2009 the practice occupied GP owned premises, but in line with the governmental strategy, we are now based in the Freshney Green Primary Care Centre, a state of the art building completed in 2009 by Assura. The development is the result of the combined efforts between Care Trust, Littlefield and two other local practices, Fieldhouse and Woodford Medical Centres, to bring into one building an array of services and provide the best possible care for its patients. The building is part of the old Yarborough Estate Neighbourhood Regeneration Project, driven by the local council with the support of Shoreline Housing Association. The whole area has been renamed and redeveloped to reflect the regeneration and the investment made by the trust and the three practices in the building aims to make it a testimony of the changes for the local community.
The practice serves a population of 5,600 patients and the building itself serves 32,000 people, around a fifth of the total population of North East Lincolnshire. The new premises house a number of different health professionals including district nurses, health visitors, adult social care, social care workers and both secondary and primary care mental-health professionals. Other services available include physiotherapy, podiatry, dentistry, pharmacy, minor-operations suite, smoking cessation, audiology and the local health-informatics training suite. In the very near future we hope to add ultrasound to this list.
We have four Partners and one full time Salaried GP, who are all heavily involved in training. Through our Partnership with HYMS (Humber and Yorkshire Medical School) and the Deanery we now train in-house: registrars, Foundation Year 2, Year 5 and Year 3 Medical Students. We also offer placements to Dutch Medical Students. The Practice has had a female GP since the early 1960s.
The demography of the practice population is similar to Local and National distributions. Although we are based in the town centre our population extends to the villages immediately adjacent to Grimsby and Cleethorpes and includes Patients who live in recognised deprived areas of both towns.
Along with five other practices in the area including Fieldhouse and Woodford we have funded a Company, Yarborough Clee Care Ltd part of the NHS family, employ the District Nurses serving our population. We now also employ one Primary Care Mental Health Nurses and two Health care Assistants specialising in Dementia.
We are a computerised, 'paperless' Practice currently using EMIS Web as our Clinical system.
We are a foward thinking team and have piloted most of the initiatives introduced by successive Governments. The whole team welcomes external evaluation as a way of keeping us on ‘our toes’ and measuring our performance against nationally set standards. We are constantly looking at ways to improve the services to our Patients and actively involve our well established Patient Participation group in service development and changes to systems. We gained the Investor in People Award in 2002 and were re-accredited in 2008, against the new, more stringent, criteria. We also gained the Chartermark for Excellence in customer care in 2003.
We are actively involved in the Quality and Outcome Framework and have signed up to a whole range of additional National, Local and Direct Enhanced Services.