South Gloucestershire and North Bristol residents will be offered far more NHS tests and treatments closer to home in a revamped GP surgery formally opened today.
The major redevelopment at Concord Medical Centre in Little Stoke will offer patients new physiotherapy, counselling, chemotherapy, pharmacy, eye and minor injury services that they may otherwise have had to travel to hospital for.
It was funded with a £1.4 million grant from NHS England and investment from partners to meet growing demand from nearby housing developments.
It was formally opened today by Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Group Chief Executive, Julia Ross.
Working with partners including University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust, the practice plans to provide:
- an extended community chemotherapy unit;
- enhanced specialist team including mental health specialist nurses, clinical pharmacists, physiotherapists;
- diagnostics x-rays;
- minor injury care; and
- intravenous treatments to patients who would otherwise require a hospital bed.
Dr. Simon Bradley, of Concord Medical Centre, said:
“We are delighted to have received support from NHS funding to provide for the current and future health needs of our rapidly expanding local population.
“The revitalised Concord Medical Centre is set ready to lead the way in healthcare provision in the community for the people of South Gloucestershire and North Bristol for years to come.”
NHS England South West Director of Commissioning, Debra Elliott, said: “We’re pleased to have contributed funding to such an impressive scheme that will stand the area in good stead for years to come and will make a real difference to patients.”
Dr. Martin Jones, Medical Director of Commissioning and Primary Care at Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Groups, said:
“As the number of patients grow, and healthcare conditions develop, it’s important we continue to have the space and facilities to provide high quality services as close as possible to patients.
“We are delighted that the NHS England Estates and Technology Transformation Fund has been used successfully to provide Concorde Medical Centre with these enhanced facilities, which will improve access and treatment for both Practice patients and the wider community.
“These new services are recognition of the change in the local community and a great example of how investment in our GP practices and community services will help to improve access to all areas of healthcare.”
The NHS England Estates and Technology Transformation Fund is a national funding programme to support GP practices to make improvements to services for local patients including more modern, expanded facilities and use of new technologies.