November 2018: Your Local MP

October 31 2018

Improving local health services

With the colder, winter weather drawing in, attention is turning to how we can best support and enhance our local health services and facilities across the region.

I am delighted to be working alongside South Gloucestershire Council and our local Clinical Commissioning Group to deliver key improvements to a number of services. We need to ensure that we have strong services in all our towns and villages, irrespective of where we live. Joining up care and establishing a link between all our hospitals, health centres, care homes and GP practices is the only way that we can offer the community efficient and effective care and support. 

Following my MP survey to local residents, it was clear how desperately we needed to secure improvements to the Yate Minor Injuries Unit. Already I have had a productive meeting with the Yate MIU management and look forward to working closely with the team over the coming months, firmly placing the campaign for improved services back on the agenda. 

Meanwhile in Thornbury, a brand new Primary and Community Care Hub has been confirmed. I am thrilled that these exciting plans have at last been approved, after the many false starts of the past. The £10 million health centre will see GP surgeries combined, as well as the introduction of mental health services, an outpatient department and community outreach centre.

 Together as a community we have made huge strides with this vital campaign, with the construction of the new building scheduled to begin in June 2020. I am extremely grateful for all the support my campaign has received and will continue to support South Gloucestershire Council and local health organsiations with this important project.

 Alongside these two exciting developments, I have also obtained assurances from North Bristol NHS Trust that will renew their support for health and social care centres at the old Frenchay Hospital site. Plans are emerging for a new “Centre of Excellence” at Frenchay, and I am personally relieved to see that health services are returning to Frenchay, having cruelly been taken from us.   

To guarantee that we can continue to move forward with all these exciting plans, I will be pressing the Department for Health to give its full backing and support. I have already met with Health Secretary Matt Hancock to establish what more can be done, and have met the Minister for Health and Social Care, Caroline Dineage MP, to discuss local proposals in greater detail and to make sure that our plans are delivered as quickly as possible.