Health E1 clinic for homeless is taken over by East London NHS trust

Staff who run drop-in sessions at Brick Lane's Heath E1 clinic for homeless

Staff who run drop-in sessions at Brick Lane's Heath E1 clinic for homeless - Credit: E/London NHS Foundation Trust

A medical centre giving free health care to the homeless operating in London’s deprived East End has been reorganised into the NHS.

Brick Lane’s Health E1 clinic has been taken over by the East London NHS Foundation mental health trust.

But the change in management won’t affect the service for adults who are homeless or vulnerably housed and who may have a drug or alcohol problem or poor mental health, the trust pledged today.

Health E1 has been run in Spitalfields by nursing staff with GPs and other specialist nurses for those who can’t register with a practice because they have no settled address. It offers a full, permanent registration.

Patients can get a routine appointment within 48 hours, or book a GP telephone consultation.

The service also has a daily walk-in clinic at 9-11 Brick Lane on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursday mornings and Friday afternoons. Homeless people previously had to rely on hospital A&E and walk-in services for health care if they couldn’t register with a GP.

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