Town to benefit from £10m health centre
Thornbury is set to get a massive new investment in health facilities with plans for a new health centre in the town.
The proposed centre will include the three Thornbury GP practices, an outpatient department, mental health and community services as well as a pharmacy.
Health bosses have agreed that a full business case should now be prepared. The estimated cost doesn’t include any land, and a site hasn’t yet been identified.
David Jarrett, South Gloucestershire area director for Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Group, said: “The decision to move forward to a full business case is an important step forward to deliver sustainable primary and community care for local people and meet future health needs though the development of an enhanced Primary and Community Care Hub.”
Reports which were considered by the Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Group noted that within 10 years Streamside Surgery, Dr Foubister & Partners and St Mary’s Surgery will be struggling to meet the expected growth in population. The town already has 800 new homes being built, with permission given for another 125, and it’s predicted that there will be applications for an additional 600 in future.
South Gloucestershire Council has taken the lead on the project with the aim of making it happen after years of deliberation. Cllr Marian Gilpin, Chair of South Gloucestershire Council’s Health Scrutiny Committee, said: “I am delighted to see that progress is at last being made on the project, which is now entering the next phase of work. The Council’s Administration has made unprecedented ground on this issue, which has long affected the people of Thornbury.”
She added: “Through campaigning for funding from NHS England for this business case, we are taking the next step forward towards the provision of enhanced GP services and primary care in Thornbury.”