Stort Valley and Villages Locality Group

Stort Valley and Villages Locality Group

There are 6 practices in the Stort Valley and Villages locality, covering the areas of Sawbridgeworth, Bishop's Stortford and Much Hadham.  They provide care for a population of around 60,000 with a budget for 2014/15 of £57.9m.

Most of the health budget is spent on acute hospital care which includes emergency treatment, planned operations, tests and investigations.

The main hospital used by patients in Stort Valleys and Villages is: Other providers: Local authorities:

Princess Alexandra Hospital, Harlow

Hertfordshire Community NHS Trust
Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust

Hertfordshire County Council
East Herts Council

Who's who

Dr Deborah Kearns, Locality Co-Chair Stort Valley and VillagesDr Deborah Kearns
Locality Co-Chair Stort Valley and Villages

GP at Central Surgery, Sawbridgeworth
Dr Nabeil Shukur, Locality Co-Chair Stort Valley and VillagesDr Nabeil Shukur
Locality Co-Chair Stort Valley and Villages

GP at South Street Surgery, Bishop's Stortford
Prescribing lead: Dr Sarah Dixon
Long Term Conditions lead: Dr Gokhul Krishanmoorthy
Mental Health lead: Dr Vishal Kapil
Patient Engagement lead: Dr Sarah Dixon

Here are some of the projects we've been working on over the past year:

Carers project: GP practices in partnership with the charity ‘Carers in Herts’ are focusing on the health of local carers who look after friends or loved ones. By identifying the carers registered at each practice and then offering them support, the health and wellbeing of these vital people can be prioritised. Each practice now has a ‘Carers’ Champion’ who will help support and raise the profile of carers.

Dedicated in-house pharmacist: A pharmacist was employed by the locality to visit each GP practice once a week to help them to improve the way they issued and dispensed repeat prescriptions in the community.

Winter Pressures projects: Central Surgery, Bishop’s Stortford piloted a project specifically during the busy winter period. They held additional clinics on Saturday mornings to see any of their own patients who had contacted the GP out-of-hours service on Friday evening/Saturday morning. This improved access to local healthcare for patients and saved them from attending A&E at Princess Alexandra Hospital in Harlow if they didn’t need to. Central and South Street surgeries also carried out additional winter visits to the area’s two largest nursing homes, so that frail elderly patients could be seen more often, reducing the need for these vulnerable patients to attend A&E as emergencies.


Bishop's Stortford
Church Street Partnership
Parsonage Surgery
South Street Surgery

Much Hadham
The Health Centre

Central Surgery
Sawbridgeworth Medical Services (Provides Primary Medical Care for patients of the specialist Neuro Centres at the Rivers Hospital)


• Over 75’s Health Checks

• Winter Pressure Schemes

• Enhanced Commissioning Framework

• NHS Health Checks

• Care Homes Enhanced Service

• Map of Medicine

• Carers Project

• Advanced Care Planning

• Migration to a single IT Platform

Key health priorities

• Improvement in patient experience of their access to primary care.

• Supporting our patients with long term conditions and end of life care.

• Review of cancer management to support early diagnosis.


Last modified: 

31 Mar 2016