Updated 8 March 2019
Dr Andrew Thornett (known as Blackwood Health Centre) is registered with the Care Quality Commission (CQC) as a single handed provider operating a GP practice in Streetly, near Sutton Coldfield , West Midlands. The practice is part of the NHS Walsall Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG). The provider is registered with CQC to deliver the Regulated Activities; diagnostic and screening procedures, maternity and midwifery services, family planning services, surgical procedures and treatment of disease disorder or injury.
The practice holds a General Medical Services (GMS) contract with NHS England. A GMS contract is a contract between NHS England and general practices for delivering general medical services and is the commonest form of GP contract. The practice is a training practice for doctors to gain experience and higher qualifications in General Practice.
The practice operates from Blackwood Health Centre, Blackwood Road, Streetly, Sutton Coldfield, West Midlands, B74 3PL.
There are approximately 3,657 patients of various ages registered and cared for at the practice. The practice provides GP services in an area considered as one of the least deprived within its locality. Demographically the practice has a lower than average patient population aged under 18 years, with 20% falling into this category, compared with the CCG average of 24% and England average of 21%. Twenty-six per cent of the practice population is above 65 years which is considerably higher than the CCG average of 16% and the national average of 17%. The percentage of patients with a long-standing health condition is 59% which is above the local CCG average of 52% and the national average of 51%. The practice population has a life expectancy of 82 years for males and 86 years for females which is above the national average.
The practice has one male principle GP, one female practice nurse, one female health care assistant (on maternity leave), one female locum health care assistant, a practice manager, assistant manager and two reception / administration staff.
The practice is open between 9am and 12 pm and 2pm and 6.30pm on Monday to Wednesday and on Friday, and from 9am to 1pm on Thursday. The telephone lines are answered between 9am and 6.30pm every day except Thursday when the lines close at 1pm. When the practice is closed patients are directed toward the out of hours provider via the NHS 111 service. Patients also have access to the Extended GP Access Service between 6.30pm and 9pm on weekdays, 10am to 3pm on weekends, and 11am to 1.30pm on bank holidays.
The practice offers a range of services, for example: management of long-term conditions, child development checks and childhood immunisations. Additional information about the practice is available on their website at www.blackwoodhealthcentre.org.uk