Patients one step closer to new GP facility as £2.3m health centre wins final NHS approvals

Construction of a brand new, £2.3 million health centre in Brownsover, Rugby, is due to start in January 2018, after plans were approved by the NHS.

The countdown to construction is on after NHS Property Services, which is delivering the new Brownsover Medical Centre on behalf of NHS England and Coventry and Rugby Clinical Commissioning Group, approved the project this week.

Solihull-based contractor Greswolde Construction is carrying out initial preparation work on site at Bow Fell, Brownsover, and work is due to begin in January 2018.

The development will provide a 624-square metre GP surgery, and a 100-sqm community facility as well as parking and landscaping with construction due to be complete by the end of 2018.

The ground floor of the surgery includes five consulting rooms, two treatment rooms, two group rooms, an interview room as well as reception and waiting area while staff facilities will be located on a second floor above part of the building.

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

Paul Jones, Principal Construction Manager (West Midlands), NHS Property Services, said: “We’re looking forward to the construction phase starting soon and are pleased that local people will soon be able to see their new facilities taking shape. We’re proud to be part of a project that is delivering modern, fit-for-purpose buildings for the NHS.”

NHS Coventry and Rugby CCG has recently started the process to secure a provider to deliver GP services from the building once it opens to the public. The public will be invited to participate in this process where appropriate.

The business case for the project has passed a rigorous approval process, which has involved NHS England, NHS Property Services and NHS Coventry and Rugby Clinical Commissioning Group, and demonstrates a significant investment in local GP services to ensure the development is fit for purpose, offers value for money and provides improved local access to general medical services once completed.

Jenni Northcote, Chief Officer for Primary Care and Strategy for Coventry and Rugby Clinical Commissioning Group, 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.”

Salma Ali, Programme Director for NHS England (West Midlands), said: “The approval of the business case is great news for local people living in Brownsover, who will benefit from good quality, local GP services delivered from a modern, fit for purpose building.”

Mark Pawsey, MP for Rugby, 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.”

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

Cllr Emma Crane, Rugby Borough Council portfolio holder for communities and homes, said: “NHS England’s plans promise to deliver a much-needed GP surgery and valuable community space to Brownsover, and I’m really pleased construction work on the project will be starting in the New Year.”

Jake Stevenson, Chair of the Brownsover Patient Action Group, said: “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 in 2018.”