Published: 25th May 2022

gtd healthcare’s involvement in a refugee resettlement programme has been commended by the Lord Mayor of Manchester.

Programme leads attended a reception in recognition of their involvement, outstanding contribution and dedication to providing Afghan refugees with excellent primary care services.FSpeaIQWAAAnEs6.png

Jane Drummond, gtd healthcare’s head of locality, said it was a privilege for Mandy Curran, operations manager, and I to attend the reception, meet the Lord Mayor of Manchester, and for the team to be praised for their invaluable work.

“Mandy and I are continuing working with Manchester Health and Care Commissioning to support the development of the Afghan Relocations and Assistance Programme,” she said.

“The programme has been implemented to offer relocation or other assistance to current or former locally employed staff in Afghanistan, who are directly employed by the government; this is to reflect the changing situation in the country.

“The large cohort of Afghan people have been temporarily housed at four hotels, which are acting as bridging accommodation until more stable arrangements are made.

“A key priority for the team has been to provide dedicated primary care services to ensure their health needs are met. These have included holding satellite clinics at the hotels and encouraging the Afghan people to become registered patients at gtd healthcare’s City Health Centre, enabling them to receive health checks, medication reviews, and the COVID-19 vaccine.”

The refugee resettlement programme has received unanimous support from staff across gtd healthcare. Huge generosity has been witnessed with people across the organisation’s north-west footprint donating a multitude of goods for the refugees.

Jane Drummond added: “While it was an honour for the team to be recognised for their incredible efforts, our work is very much on-going. It is our priority to continue to provide safe and effective care for this vulnerable cohort of patients.”

For further information, please email communications.gtd@nhs.net