We have announced our preferred site for a multi-million pound health centre for Weston and are inviting local people to help shape the design of the building.
We have confirmed that a new development at Weston Rugby Club is the preferred option and hope to work with the developer, Studio Hive to create the health centre in one of the units that will be built on the land surrounding the club.
The selection follows a rigorous process in which the CCG looked at 16 possible sites across Weston to house the new service.
The new centre will provide GP services for around 15,000 people including patients registered at Graham Road Surgery who will be transferred to the new practice, subject to a full engagement and consultation process.
Dr Jonathan Hayes, GP and Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Group Chair, said:
The Rugby Club site is in a prime location in Weston-super-Mare and we’re delighted to be looking at this site as our preferred option for the new healthcare centre, subject to conditions. Our priorities are to ensure we have high quality and sustainable GP services locally, and that people can get appointments when they need them. The new centre will help us to improve access for the area as a whole.
Patient groups from Graham Road have been working with us to find a suitable site and local people will be asked for their views on what services should be included at the health centre as part of a public engagement programme, which will be launched in the New Year.
Subject to planning permission and NHS England and NHS Improvement approval of a full business case for the development, it is anticipated that the premises will be fitted out and opened in 2022.
We successfully secured several million pounds of national NHS funding from the Sustainability Transformation Programme to develop the new health centre in central Weston. Dr Hayes added:
Ensuring this project progresses during the current Covid-19 pandemic has been really important to us as we need to continue to improve and strengthen GP services in Weston-super-Mare. Thousands of people in Weston use GP services every day, and the new practice will be a really exciting development for patients in the area. We will continue to keep people informed throughout the process and look forward to sharing more details soon.
Councillor Mike Bell, North Somerset Council’s Deputy Leader and Executive Member for Adult Social Care and Health, added:
I am absolutely delighted to see the proposed new health centre for the town centre moving forward. Together with residents, I have campaigned for many years for enhanced services in the town centre and this latest step forward is welcome. I know our NHS colleagues have had to cope with incredible challenges this year because of the Covid-19 pandemic and it is to their credit that they have continued to work to land our new health centre too. Hot on the heels of the new Parklands GP practice getting the go-ahead, it is fantastic to see healthcare facilities in Weston benefiting from investment to deliver modern and accessible services.
The CCG is also exploring options that would bring other health services into the facility to support patient care.