THE borough’s first “polyclinic” has been given international recognition, NHS Redbridge has said.

The clinic, in Loxford, has seen delegations from other areas of London visiting to observe its services and has now also had visits from the Singapore Health Ministry, as well as representatives from Holland, China and South Korea.

The first of its kind in London, the clinic was initially met with scepticism from members of the public, who believed it could mean the end of traditional GP practices.

The Conservative party at a national level also recently condemned plans to concentrate healthcare into polyclinics as “absurd”.

They rejected claims the new systems would save the NHS millions every year.

But the Loxford clinic has now been heralded as a “unique development” as it offers more than 20 services in one location.

Visitors from London have included representatives from Barnet, Ealing, Newham and Westminster.

Conor Burke, borough managing director for NHS Redbridge, said: “Loxford Polyclinic is a unique development within London and it’s good to see that being positively recognised.”