Preliminary design work on a joint project to provide a GP surgery at Parklands Village in Weston-super-Mare has been given the go-ahead by North Somerset Council.
The council is working in partnership with the Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) to develop health facilities at the new Parklands Village being built on the former RAF Locking base and surrounding land.
Funding for the scheme will come from the CCG who have successfully secured a £3m grant from the NHS Estates and Technology Transformation Fund to support and improve GP services for patients in the Weston Villages area. The full grant will be made available once the business case for a healthcare facility at Parklands Village is approved by NHS England.
This will be supplemented by developer contributions of at least £1m secured by the council.
It is anticipated that a final fully costed and designed scheme will be presented to NHS England and the council's Executive for approval in December.
When creating vibrant new sustainable communities like Parklands Village it's vital that the necessary infrastructure is in place to provide the services and facilities they need," said Cllr Ash Cartman, the council's executive member for finance and performance. "A GP surgery to meet the needs of the residents is a key part of that and we look forward to working with the CCG to make this happen.
The modern new facility will enable development of a dynamic primary care offer focused on improving patient experience and providing access to integrated services. It will be designed to meet the highest standard of sustainability and will be looking to achieve a BREEAM excellent rating, supporting the council's commitment to tackling climate change."
Dr Martin Jones, local GP and medical director at the CCG, said:
Improving and strengthening primary care services in the Weston area is a high priority for the NHS locally and we are working hard with local GPs to do this, including developing new primary care facilities in central Weston and launching new services such as the successful askmyGP online consultation system. We are also working with North Somerset Council on plans to provide a new GP surgery at Parklands Village.
We are jointly developing a business case for a new healthcare facility at Parklands Village, which will be submitted to NHS England and North Somerset Council’s Executive for approval later this year. If the plans are approved, this new healthcare centre will be a really exciting development for the Weston population.