May 2018: Your Local MP

April 30 2018

Exciting plans for South Gloucestershire health service

I AM delighted that our area has finally seen some progress on the redevelopment of our local health services. South Gloucestershire is set to see some exciting plans to upgrade local health facilities at Frenchay and Thornbury. The news comes as our local South Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Group releases its report on the plans for enhanced health facilities for our region.

The proposals will see the redevelopment of the currently vacant site at Frenchay Hospital. Although it seemed that the community hospital plans were at risk at first, following pressure on North Bristol NHS Trust, we have been able to secure assurances for a health centre at Frenchay. The area will now see the introduction of a Centre of Excellence for Rehabilitative Care, which will incorporate NHS rehabilitation community beds in a single integrated facility.

As your local MP I have worked closely on the campaign to improve health provision for our area, I am therefore delighted that we have been able to ensure local residents will be able to benefit from a health facility at Frenchay. The new centre for rehabilitation would also help relieve some pressure from Southmead Hospital, providing further, much-needed community health premises.

The proposals for a Centre of Excellence at Frenchay are set to complement the plans for redevelopment of the Thornbury health centre site. The town’s new Integrated Primary & Community Care Hub will include greater primary and GP services, a mental health unit, and a specialist ‘frailty hub’ to cater to the elderly community. Social care beds will also be added to help reduce hospital admissions in wider South Gloucestershire. 

These joint plans for Frenchay and Thornbury will help unite our local health services and improve social care provision throughout the region. I am delighted that with the support of the community, we have been able to secure these projects for our area, strengthening health services for local residents across South Gloucestershire. As your MP I will continue to work with the community to ensure these projects are delivered as soon as possible for local residents.