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Community interest company will provide medical care to the homeless

Published: 9 April 2024

Community interest company will provide medical care to the homeless Colab Exeter

A new community interest company Inclusion Health Devon has been awarded the contract to provide primary medical care services to the homeless and vulnerably housed in Exeter. 

Inclusion Health Devon is a newly formed Community Interest Company (CIC) set up by the clinicians (GPs and nurses) from both the Clock Tower Surgery in Exeter and Freedom Centre in Barnstaple.

Currently Exeter and Barnstaple primary care homeless services are two independent services provided by different providers.

With the contract for the Exeter service coming to an end on 31 August 2024, it provided an opportunity to procure for both services to enable a single provider to deliver the services.  On 1 September 2024, Inclusion Health Devon will be responsible for delivering both these services.

The premises for the services will continue to be in CoLab, Exeter and Freedom Centre, Barnstaple. 

The aim will be for both services to operate as one practice - sharing, developing, and learning from the best aspects of both services. 

The services will remain flexible and accessible.  Appointments will be:

  • Drop ins and face-to-face
  • Hours of opening Monday to Friday in Exeter 8.30am to 6pm
  • Drop-in appointments will be in the mornings
  • Booked appointments will be mainly in the afternoons
  • All nurses/HCAs to be skilled in providing key screening and health promotion interventions

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