Construction of long-delayed Brownsover surgery to finally begin in January - The Rugby Observer

Construction of long-delayed Brownsover surgery to finally begin in January

Andy Morris 21st Dec, 2017 Updated: 22nd Dec, 2017   0

A LONG-delayed new surgery for Brownsover will begin construction in January – two and a half years behind the original schedule – after plans were finally approved by the NHS.

The new £2.3 million Brownsover Medical Centre – comprising a 624-square metre GP surgery, a 100-sqm community facility, parking and landscaping – is now due to be complete by the end of 2018.

Over 10,000 Brownsover residents have been without their local surgery since Brownsover Medical Practice closed in March 2015, and have had to travel over a mile for a GP appointment.

NHS England initially promised to open the new surgery in the summer of 2016, before revising the date to early 2018, then to summer 2018, before settling on the current schedule.

The project was finally approved by NHS Property Services (PS), which is delivering the new centre on behalf of NHS England and Coventry and Rugby Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG).

The CCG has started the process to secure a provider to deliver GP services from the surgery, in which the public will be invited to participate.

Jake Stevenson, Chair of the Brownsover Patient Action Group, said it was fantastic news after a long campaign – but added his group was not finished yet.

He said: “We will ensure that NHS PS deliver on time, and that the CCG awards a GP contract that is suitable for residents’ needs. We look forward to seeing our new surgery rise from the ground and opening it’s doors in late 2018.

“We are pleased to see the realisation of this long overdue project, and we are certain the community will look forward to again being able to get access to first class GP facilities on the Brownsover Estate late.”

Rugby MP Mark Pawsey said: “Residents in Brownsover have been incredibly patient since the closure of their previous local surgery in early 2015.

“The provision of a new surgery is long overdue but this firm commitment from the health authorities that work will commence in January, and will be completed by the end of next year, is very welcome.

“I will continue to work closely with Brownsover Patient Action Group and the NHS to ensure that this project is delivered as is now anticipated and that there are no further delays.”

The CCG’s chief officer for primary care and strategy Jenni Northcote said: “This is a positive and exciting step forward for this project, which we appreciate has been long awaited by local residents.

“We will continue to work closely with resident and patient representatives as the project moves forward to ensure that the new premises are completed on schedule and that the general medical services commissioned take account of the needs of local patients.”

A planning application for the site was approved by Rugby Borough Council (RBC) in June. The authority is transferring the land for the GP surgery to NHS Property Services as part of the project.

Solihull-based contractor Greswolde Construction is carrying out initial preparation work on site at Bow Fell before construction begins in January.

The ground floor of the surgery will include five consulting rooms, two treatment rooms, two group rooms, an interview room as well as reception and waiting area. Staff facilities will be located on a second floor.

Although linked to the GP surgery building, the community facility will be owned and run independently by Rugby Borough Council.

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