On Friday, 16th November, local residents of Brownsover, Rugby, were given a tour of the new £2.3 million medical centre which is due to open to patients on 28th January 2019. They were joined by staff from NHS Coventry and Rugby Clinical Commissioning Group, which took responsibility for the new surgery in October 2017 and a representative from Healthwatch Warwickshire.
The new medical centre, which covers 624-square metres, includes five consultation rooms, two treatment rooms and a waiting area that can seat up to 34 people. The interior décor was chosen by local patients to represent Rugby Golf Course.
Andrea Green, Chief Officer for NHS Coventry and Rugby CCG, said
“It has been a pleasure to visit the site with local people who have been championing patient’s views on this development, and hear their approval that we have listened and appropriately incorporated their feedback. I hope everyone agrees that this as a great investment for the local community”.
Spirit Healthcare Ltd was appointed as the provider of GP medical services at the practice in July 2018 following a competitive tender process which involved being interviewed by local residents and community representatives. Spirit Healthcare formally takes on the contract from December 1st 2018, and is currently recruiting GPs and other healthcare staff to work at the new, state-of-the-art site.
Tim Loveridge, Managing Director Clinical Services, Spirit Healthcare said: “We are delighted to have been appointed to provide the GP services. The fact that patients and local residents have been involved in the selection process is hugely important to us.”
“We will be providing the healthcare services from 1st December 2018. Over the past months we have been working hard behind the scenes to ensure as smooth a transition as possible from the previous providers so that patients don’t need to do anything different. We will continue to work in this way in order to develop the practice with patients and are particularly excited about the move to the new premises in January 2019. Here at Spirit, we are committed to delivering services of the highest standard and make the best use of NHS resources to help make the nation happier and healthier.”
The medical centre has been built to serve up to 10,000 patients by 2030, based on expected population growth and new housing developments in the area. A new 100-square metre community centre has also been developed as part of the building, the contract for which was recently awarded to Brownsover Community Association.
Brownsover Patient Action Group, which was established in 2015 following the closure of the old Brownsover Surgery to represent the views of local patients, had this to say about the new practice:
“This long-awaited new surgery will bring GP services back to Brownsover. The design, layout and fit of the new surgery are excellent and something the community will hopefully be proud of. On behalf of the communities served by the new practice, Brownsover Patient Action Group welcomes the new GP service provider. We look forward to seeing the new centre at the forefront of exemplary practice and medical services.”
Patients currently registered at Rugby Town Medical should by now have received a letter explaining the process for relocating to the new Brownsover Medical Centre. Patients at Rugby Town Medical Practice should continue to attend there for appointments until the new practice opens on the 28th January. Patient records will be automatically transferred to the new Brownsover Medical Centre as part of the relocation project and Rugby Town patients will not need to re-register. Patients who currently attend another practice but would like to register at the new Brownsover Medical Centre can do so once it opens.
Attendees also included members of the Brownsover Patient Advisory Forum, which was created by NHS Coventry and Rugby CCG to ensure local people were represented in the development of the new practice. It includes representatives from Healthwatch Warwickshire, Brownsover Community Association, Brownsover Patient Action Group (BPAG), Making Space Health and Social Care, Warwickshire Equality and Inclusion Partnership and Warwickshire Community and Voluntary Action (WCAVA). These groups were chosen to represent the population of Brownsover based on a number of criteria, such as local demographics and health needs.