Plans for new health centre in Burntwood unveiled
This is what a new multi-million pound health centre could look like if given the go-ahead.
Neighbours, future patients and town residents can all see the proposals for the Burntwood scheme on the site of the former Greenwood House Nursing Home.
The site, on Lichfield Road, will be home to the Darwin Medical Practice and contain 13 new consulting rooms, five treatment rooms and a health education space in a single-story building, while there is also potential for an adjoining pharmacy.
It is hoped that the new centre will reduce pressure on local hospitals with purpose-built, modern facilities designed to meet the demands of an ageing population with multiple healthcare needs.
The site is currently owned by Staffordshire County Council and the funding is from NHS England’s Estates and Technology Transformation Fund, a multi-million pound investment across England, aimed at providing more modernised buildings and better use of technology to help improve general practices services for patients across the country.
Alan White, deputy leader of Staffordshire County Council and cabinet member for Health, Care and Wellbeing, said: “Improving health and wellbeing, supporting independence at all ages and providing a good quality of life are all key priorities for the county council.
“This proposal means people in Burntwood can look forward to a new, first class practice close to home that meets all the community’s needs.”
The event is taking place on September 18 between 4pm and 7pm at Burntwood Memorial Institute, Rugeley Road, Burntwood.
Representatives of the NHS, county council and the Darwin Medical Practice will be present.
Darrell Jackson, Primary Care Lead for NHS England in the North Midlands, said: “This is a really exciting project which is enabling NHS England, Staffordshire County Council and the existing Darwin Medical Practice to deliver better primary care services to the residents of Burntwood.
“The public exhibition will give patients and the public the first opportunity to see and comment on the plans and design prior to an application for planning approval being submitted.
“There is still a lot of hard work to do, but we anticipate that this new health facility could be completed during 2020”.
Anyone interested in attending is welcome to come along and see the plans for themselves. Outline details will be available at www.staffordshire.gov.uk./greenwoodhouse from September 18 for anyone who is unable to attend.