A Bit about Us
Vida Healthcare is a traditional GP Partnership established for over 60 years in Kings Lynn. Instead of being ‘Dr X and Partners’ we call ourselves by the more modern name of Vida Healthcare (Vida being Spanish for ‘Life’). We are the largest GP practice in Norfolk with a responsibility for caring for over 36,000 patients. We have three Health Centres in Kings Lynn (22000 patients) one in Downham Market (3600 patients) one at Hunstanton (4700 patients) and another at Dersingham (6000 patients). We are the only practice in Norfolk to hold the Quality practice Award accredited by the Royal College of General Practitioners. Since 1995 we have held accreditation as Investors in People.
We have a team of 22 doctors, about 35 nurses and about 85 support staff. Some of our nurses have prescribing rights and they provide acute and chronic care. Several of them are very specialized and they run the chronic care clinics. Other nurses provide a treatment room service and healthcare assistants offer NHS health checks, Spirometry, ECGs, Smoking Cessation, Hypertension, phlebotomy and other tests. We have a dispensary at our Dersingham surgery.
We are very conscious of our responsibility as a large primary care provider to support the involvement of general practice in the development of GP’s and realise that the new approach being pioneered by universities such as the U.E.A. is crucial to the survival of general practice in the U.K. We have been approved as a training practice by the U.E.A for medical students and a group of about 12 undergraduate students have been coming here for training once a week from September 2003. We also train GP registrars and if your GP is one of our trainers they may ask you to see their registrar. A new education centre was built at the Gayton Road site at the end of 2007 and the new Dersingham surgery has a very large training facility.
We are keen to involve patients in the development of services and have an active patient participation group (PPG) at each surgery. We welcome any comments from our patients, good or bad, and you can send these to us via the Contact Us Tab at the top of the website
We are part of Norfolk Surgical and Diagnostic Centres (NSDC) which is a group of three practices in Kings Lynn and one in Norwich. At Gayton Road, we undertake cystoscopy in partnership with the main acute hospital and also small incision cataract surgery. The other practices in NSDC provide general surgery including hernia repair, orthopaedic surgery, gastroscopy, sigmoidoscopy and colonoscopy.
We own a separate occupational health company (C&L Ltd) with offices in King’s Lynn and Norwich, as well as a specialist private skin and laser clinic providing a wide range of cosmetic treatments – Dermavida – which is based at Gayton Road. C&L also owns and manages the Gables Nursing Home in Dersingham, recently the home attained an overall 'good' rating from the Care Quality Commission.