Plans have been unveiled this week for Radstock’s new GP surgery – which will also contain the town’s Library and Children’s Centre.
Designs for the health and community development, which will sit on the green site next to Waterloo Road’s Council-owned car park, will be unveiled at a public exhibition on Thursday, 2nd March.
The new centre is set to include a GP surgery, pharmacy, the library, health visitors, Children’s Centre and community kitchen.
The project is being led by Hope House Surgery and Bath and North East Somerset Council to provide what is being put forward as a more ‘joined-up’ service for the residents of Radstock and the surrounding area.
Big Local Radstock and Westfield will also provide space within the building for local community groups and services to help people improve their health and well-being.
A planning application is due to be submitted to the Council by the end of March and it is hoped that building work can begin before the end of the year.
Funding for the project has been secured from NHS England in response to a funding request by Bath and North East Somerset Clinical Commissioning Group. Additional funding is being provided from the Council’s capital programme and Big Local.
Dr Alison Humphrey, a GP Partner at Hope House Surgery, said: “Our patients are always asking us when the practice will be moving to new premises, so I’m sure they will share our excitement about this new facility for Radstock.
“Working with the Council and Big Local means we can bring a wide range of public services all together in the centre of Radstock.
“It will be much easier for local people to access all the services that can help them to manage their health better and it will help us to tackle some of the health inequalities in our community.”
Cllr Vic Pritchard (Conservative, Chew Valley North), B&NES Council’s Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing, said: “This is an exciting and innovative local project and we welcome the support from external funding to help deliver much-needed local facilities.
“The Children’s Centre and Library, together with the other health facilities under one roof, offers an excellent opportunity to integrate services. It also enables all the services to be modernised and fits well with our modern libraries approach.”
Robin Moss, Chair of Radstock and Westfield Big Local, said: “It’s very good news that there will be a new health centre – offering much-needed investment in a growing community. I’m pleased that the team at Hope House Surgery are looking at how they can encourage healthy living as part of their plans. Big Local look forward to working with them on their exciting and innovative ideas.
“Radstock and Westfield Big Local have identified a clear need for a proactive and positive focus on good health and wellbeing for all in our community. By working together with stakeholders, we believe that the proposed community space and kitchen will quickly become a hub that local people can be a part of and shape the services they want. Together, we can make the most of this amazing opportunity.”
Simon Allen, a member of the Patient Participation Group at Hope House Surgery said: “This is fantastic news for Radstock and our villages. From Clandown to Tyning, from Haydon to Writhlington, we have all known for some time that the current surgery is no longer suitable to meet the needs of our community. The new health centre will be able to offer us so much more and the sooner we get on with it, the better.”
The public exhibition will take place from 4 p.m. to 7.30 p.m. on Thursday, 2nd March at Radstock Library, The Street, BA3 3PR.