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The first seven-days-a-week GP health centre offering a range of extra services and 12-hour access has been opened in West Yorkshire.

Health Secretary Alan Johnson met staff and patients at the Hillside Bridge Health Care Centre, in Bradford, before touring the facilities.

Any member of the public will be able to use the additional services – which include care for people with diabetes, asthma, sexual health services, minor surgery, vaccinations and immunisations, and health and wellbeing clinics – while staying registered with their local family doctor.

It is one of 152 new GP health centres opening across England that will see patients from 8am to 8pm, seven days a week, as part of a government programme to increase access to family doctor services.

Mr Johnson said: "Patients leading busy lives tell us that access to GP services is a real issue for them, and they want to be able to see a doctor at times that are convenient for them, whether it is in the evenings, at weekends or when they are away from home."

The new health centres are part of £250 million extra investment in primary care announced last year, which also includes setting up 112 new GP practices in parts of the country that have fewer GPs and greater health challenges.

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Hillside Bridge Health Care Centre