Work to relocate Links Medical Practice to Netherton Health Centre is set to start this month.
The plan is for renovation works at Netherton Health Centre to commence on the 22nd January 2018 in order for patients from Links Medical Practice to move in early April 2018.
Costing around £365k, works will transform the Health Centre into a new vibrant health facility for the two general practices to deliver services to local residents, whose views have helped to shape the new plans.
Netherton Health Centre is located approximately 75 metres away from Links Medical Practice on the opposite side of the road. It has many advantages such as more space, car parking, disabled access and is still located within the local area, however feedback following a consultation undertaken by Dudley CCG highlighted issues with the access to the Health Centre from the rear car park as well as a limited number of disabled parking.
Following views expressed by patients and the public being presented to the Primary Care Commissioning Committee in February 2017, Dudley CCG agreed extra funding to install a pathway around the perimeter of the building to make access from the car park easier as well as plans for more disabled parking bays at the front of the building.
Additional funding from the Estates & Technology Transformation Fund (ETTF) has also been allocated to undertake improvement works.
Access to the building will not be affected during the works and we aim to keep disruption to a minimum for people currently using the services at Netherton Health Centre.
Laura Broster Director of Communications said: “I am really grateful for to the people who took time to give us their views on changes to Netherton Health Centre. I think the upgraded facility will give a new life to the existing building and benefit patients at both surgeries. The feedback on the car park and access was invaluable in securing funding to further improve the building.”
Dr Richard Bramble, GP Partner at Links Medical Practice said, “Moving to the Health Centre will make a huge difference to our patients – especially those living with disability. Patients will have better parking, easy access all on one level, better waiting and comfort facilities and state-of-the-art consultation rooms. Our list size is growing and we’re adding an extra consulting room – so patients will still be able to get routine appointments within 48 hours for most conditions.”