Sirona to run South Gloucestershire community health services

Community health services in South Gloucestershire are to be run by a not-for-profit organisation in a £65m deal.

South Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) said the contract signed with Sirona Care and Health would start in April 2014.

Sirona is publicly funded by the NHS and, in some areas, local authorities.

As a community interest company, which does not have shareholders, any surplus is reinvested into services for local people.

Services Sirona will offer include out-of-hours nursing, emergency care practitioners, community physiotherapists and clinical assessment teams.

Clinical services for Henderson Ward at Thornbury Hospital are also included in the contract, which will run for five years.

Janet Rowse, the chief executive of Sirona Care and Health, said the firm was looking forward to the "opportunity to expand the range of health care services we provide".

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